Direct. Turn. Preserve. I came across these three words last week as I was reading in Psalms.
Psalms 119:35-37 says, “Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart towards your statutes and not towards selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.”
I just love these words and I desire my life to look like these verses above. “Direct my path, turn my heart, turn my eyes and preserve my life,” that’s been my prayer this past week.
“Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.”
I find myself all too often setting up my path, and my plan and my course of action. Often times I do this, and It leads me somewhere I don’t need to be, causing sin to be more powerful and disobedience to be more prevalent. However, when I follow in obedience to The Lord, I always find fullness of joy in His presence. So Lord guide me according to your Will, because I know I am always satisfied in YOU.
“Turn my heart towards your statutes and not towards selfish gain.”
Selfishness has seemed to be a common theme that the Lord has continued to reveal to me. I guess it’s His way of telling me it’s still a problem. (#guilty!!!) When I step back and look at my life, it’s CRAZY scary how much I do for myself. Every decision I make, I usually ask myself, “How will this affect me?” “What does this mean for me?” “What will this ask of me?” This is NOT how Christ thought. It’s humbling to know that It’s not just me that seems to struggle with this. Paul encourages the church in Philippi to do NOTHING out of selfish ambition, but to put others before yourself and to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. Paul wouldn’t have mentioned this to his brothers and sisters if it wasn’t something they were struggling with. Lord take my heart and change it. Help me to seek you and not seek things, people, relationships and circumstances for my benefit.
“Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.”
This chunk of scripture led me to pose this question, “What all do I seek that essentially has no eternal meaning?” As I answered this question I discovered that there are a few too many things on my list. I think selfishness and seeking worthless things go hand in hand with one another. When I am seeking Him, and serving others I’m not as focused on all these things that hold no value.
I absolutely love this last bit… “preserve my life according to your word.” If I prayed this more often my life would probably look a lot different. Lord take my life, sustain it, shape it, maintain it, protect it and uphold it, ALL according to YOUR Word. WOW!!!!
This is all kind of a jumbled up mess, but I hope it in some way challenges and encourages you wherever you are in your journey.