Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Panting After God

Your statutes are wonderful, therefore I obey them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands. Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name. Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me." Psalm 119:129-133

Do you long for God's word more than food? As you go throughout your day are you meditating on His word? I confess that usually that in the busyness of the day that this is not always the first thing on my mind. I think about the Lord and his words but not to the point of figuratively panting. Is the Lord filling the need or hole in your life or is something else doing that?

I love verse 133 which says to direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. Is sin ruling your life? Gossip? Complaining? Gluttony? Unkindness? Anger? Self-pity? So often I find myself dealing with the same sin ovr and over again. I don't want sin to rule me. This will only happen as we ask the Lord to take control and then we consciously make sure that everything we do is in line with His word.

Our goal should be to have the Lord so present in our lives that He directs each step we take. This is my prayer. I want to long after the Lord more than anything else.