Psalm - Heth (God Is Mine)
You are my portion, Lord; I have promised to obey your words.
I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.
I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.
I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.
Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law.
At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.
I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.
The earth is filled with your love, Lord; teach me your decrees.
God desires us, but do we desire God? The Psalmist declared, “You are my portion, Lord”.
In Psalm 119:33-40, the Psalmist asked God to do many things to help him. But in this section of the psalm, he did the reverse. He took initiatives to seek God and desire Him to be his.
The Psalmist declared that God is his (portion), and he promised to obey God’s words. Do you sense his desire to have God in his possession? If we want to ‘possess’ God, we need a corresponding desire to obey His words too. The Psalmist said, “I have promised to obey your (God’s) words.” Can we make the same promise? God desires our promises.
Making promises is better than not making any because God desires us to change our life. A little change is better than no change. Thus, the Psalmist said to God, “be gracious to me”. We need God’s grace because there is no way we can achieve perfection in our promises. But God’s promises to us will always come true.
The Psalmist considered his ways and turned his steps to God’s statutes. Have I “considered my ways” and “turned my steps”? We need to take time each day to review our ways and turn to Him. Do not go through a day without reflecting on our life and turn to God daily. We should repent daily.
Like the Psalmist, I “will hasten and not delay” to obey God. Do not wait, do it now!
Our physical and spiritual enemies may ‘bind’ us. We may lack time due to work or trouble and be held in a fix. The Psalmist felt the same, but he made the pledge, “I will not forget your law.” We must not forget God’s words. His words will release us and give us spiritual freedom.
Meditate on God words throughout the day, and even rise up at midnight to praise God!
Like the Psalmist, I will be a friend to all who love and obey God’s words. I will spend time with them and draw close to them.
God’s love can be seen and felt throughout the earth.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.