How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, Let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O LORD! Teach me Your statutes. With my lips I have declared All the judgments of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.Psalm 119:9-16
Dear Woman of God,
To sustain our spiritual appetite, we must cultivate a heart that seeks God. For it is the sincere, heart seeking of God that will keep our feet from going astray (v.10, Prov. 4:23). The heart that seeks God will be directed by the Holy Spirit to see God in every aspect of life; desires to learn more and about God; and develop an honest and intimate fellowship with God. But how can we cultivate a heart that seeks God? By spending time in God’s Word, doing what God’s Word instructs, and delighting in God’s Word.
To know God and His precepts we must make an intentional effort to spend time in God’s Word. With the Holy Spirit’s help, the more we spend time in God’s Word, the more our hearts are filled with the things of God. His Word will become treasures stored up in our hearts (Ps. 119:11; Job 23:12; Prov. 2:1, 7:1). God promises us that His Word will give us victory over sin (v.9-11). Spending time in God’s Word will also produce in us a grateful heart and a teachable spirit. Two characteristics that enables us to learn and glean from the Lord (Ps. 119:12,108,171).
We should not only be spending time in God’s Word, but we should also be doing and sharing the Word of God (James 1:22-25). We need to speak to others about God’s Word. Seeking to enrich others as we share the spiritual treasures we have stored in our hearts. “The heart is a treasury from which we draw spiritual wealth to encourage and help ourselves and others (Matt 12:35; 13:51,52)” (Wiersbe). A repeated theme of Psalm 119 is the riches of Scripture. Therefore, to value something above the Word of God is idolatry.
Delight means to take “great pleasure” in something. If we delight in something we are absolutely captivated by it. It takes over our thoughts and we meditate on that thing. This is how we should be with the Word of God. Our hearts should find “great pleasure” (delight) when we think of God’s Word and when we meditate on His Word. Leaving our hearts totally enthralled by God -Himself and His precepts.