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November 10, 2016

Text: “Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!  Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” Psalms 119:36-37

 This passage is a great encouragement to Christians. It appears in a great psalm of exhortations for God’s people to live with his word in their hearts.  Each  verse firmly insists, “Read me”, “believe me”, “obey my advice”. We saints live in an alien world that pleads for us to seek, find and debauch ourselves with its enticements. Thus this Psalm says “Don’t look at that!”  Chances are, you remember your mother grabbing you by the arm, pulling you around to face her and saying just that to you when she saw you looking at something naughty. That is what God is telling you here.

Ponder these verses and make them your constant prayer and eternal desire! Do not allow yourself to be deceived or overwhelmed. Do not be enticed by wealth, power, or selfishness. Be open to righteousness and the performing of God’s entire will.  Ask God to help you keep focused on holiness and not gaze upon what is evil!  

Seek God’s path and do not vary from it. “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!”   I Corinthians 13:5  It is necessary to cooperate with God’s teachings by opening your senses to learning his will. “Open my eyes, that I may see Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me; Place in my hands the wonderful key That shall unclasp and set me free.” (hymn by Clara H Scott)   But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.” Matthew 13:16 

 The prayer first encountered in our text is a great request from our God.  We must pray thus, “”Incline my heart to your testimonies…”  We cannot expect to learn  what to avoid casting our eyes on without learning that from God.  Jesus said, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ John 6:45 God’s word does not enlighten our minds by our own independent thinking. We must study his revelation and receive its truths. We must study to find where our feet must go, and we must avoid where our feet are forbidden to tread. So we must be receptive to God’s teaching.    Once we commit our eyes, ears, and hearts to the study of God’s revelation we must fasten our interest on finding good and doing it. Also, we must separate ourselves from any longing  to doing evil.  

We are unable merely to police ourselves in acceptable behavior. Attempting that is like “pushing the boulder up the mountain”; It just goes so far, and back down again. Our true need is the help of the God of righteousness.  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak…” John 16:13  “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness.” John 8:26a  God assists in seeking righteousness in part of the Godhead called “the Comforter” (Holy Spirit).  “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:15-17   Lean on God!  

Every day: think and practice holiness. Every day: do not look upon sin with its enticements. Every day: Pray to God to lead you to more righteousness.

My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.”  Psalms 119:20


One Comment
  1. Larry permalink

    Wow!! I think that’s your best one yet! You included several passages that I’ve not thought seriously about in a while. Thanks.–Larry

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