When confronted with the truth we have two options. We can either determine to change and conform to the truth or try to modify the truth to fit us. The former shows wisdom, while the latter is pure foolishness. God graciously shares His truth with us and we ought to desire to immerse ourselves in it.
The ancient songwriter proclaims in Psalm 119:32: “I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!
To adhere to God’s Word, we must seek deliverance from temptations and victory over sin. In other words, we need to desire to live above the trappings of this world and our selfish desires. We also need to have hopelessness replaced with hope in the Lord. We need to determine to trust Him in all things and go all-in with partnering with His Spirit to keep in step with God and His Word.
The psalmist asks God to “enlarge his heart.” This request is asking the Lord for an increased understanding of the steps involved in godly living. God’s law provides a sense of security as well as changed lives.
God has provided the opportunity to live the life of freedom, fullness and faithfulness found only in Christ and given by Him through His finished work on the cross. The Lord has provided us His Word, the Bible, to serve as a light guiding our steps along a godly path. He has even provided His Spirit to empower and lead us. But, the simple truth is that we must position ourselves to perceive God’s truth. God has done all the heavy lifting; we are called to embrace His truth and be willing to partner with Him by walking in alignment to His truth.
Jesus put it this way:
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it” (Matthew 7:24-27)
Here Jesus speaks of two builders. There are only two ways and two endings to human life. These are the only two responses to Jesus. Either we accept and follow Him, or we reject Him. What we do with Jesus and His teaching determines our destiny.
I pray that God will expand my heart and mind so that I will be able to perceive His truth. I desire to run in the path of His truth. I ask Him to deliver me from temptation and provide victory over sin. I am thankful for His promise found in 1 John 1:9 (“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”), while desiring to demonstrate the promise of 1 Corinthians 10:13 (“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”). I ask Him to replace hopelessness in my life with hope in Him. I am thankful He has done this and so much more in Christ. I desire to rest in this truth. I ask Him to help me position myself to partner with the Spirit. I pray this prayer for each of you as well. When confronted with the truth let’s choose Him. Let’s walk in His truth.
It is a privilege to serve with each of you. I ask God to enlarge each of our hearts that we would run in His godly path. I ask God to lead us on our life journey as we help others do the same? Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!