You are my portion, O Lord; I have said that I would keep Your words. I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; be merciful to me according to Your word. I thought about my ways, and turned my feet to Your testimonies. I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments. The cords of the wicked have bound me, but I have not forgotten Your law. At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, because of Your righteous judgments. I am a companion of all who fear You, and of those who keep Your precepts. The earth, O Lord, is full of Your mercy; teach me Your statutes. (Psalm 119:57-64)
Getting Serious About God
Devotion is a character that infuses the heart with a determined spirit that consecrates the will to focus all ones energy upon a single goal. There is nothing more important in the relationship with God than to see a need for consistent faith and trust in the plan given by the hand of the Lord and to carry out that will in the lives of His people. So often the challenge that overcomes the spirit of the Christian is the lack of committing the whole heart to service of Christ. The psalmist declares in this eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet that he is devoted to the purpose of God as he takes firm hold on the teachings of the precepts of the Lord. These lessons are so vital in understanding how to get serious about God under the grace of Jesus Christ. God needs to be possessed by His people. There must be an overwhelming flood of love and devotion to the truths of God’s word that fills the heart every day. Each step is measured by the grace of God. All the thoughts, motives and plans of the heart must be guided by the will of the Father. God must be the portion of life that consumes the soul in keeping His words. There will be a surrendering that is total.
In time of need the heart turns to what it is familiar. If the word of God is not foremost in the mind of the child of God he will turn to other things before seeking the Father. Getting serious about the Lord comes from a heart that knows the only help in life man can find is to entreat the favor of the Lord with a whole heart. When a child is hurt they first cry out for what is near and dear to them. Such is the manner of the child of God who will immediately call out to the Father daily as reliance to the presence of the Father. Mercy comes from the Lord and learning the word of God creates in the spirit of man a dependency on the power of divine help. Life is measured by thinking about the ways of God and always turning the will of man to the testimonies of the Lord. Returning to the Lord will bring life and peace.
The word of the Lord keeps the feet from walking in the pathway of the wicked. A devoted heart will not delay in seeking the counsel of God when the cords of the world seek to ensnare it. The focus of Psalm 119 is trusting in the word of the Lord and again the psalmist declares the trust in the commandments of truth to guide the feet with righteous judgments. Fear is taken away when the heart trusts in the word of God. The psalmist is not afraid of those who may seek his harm. Rising at midnight he devotes his heart to giving thanks to the care of his Father. There is no fear in the love of God and through every precept of the Lord strength is increased. Righteousness is found in the company of the family of God and companion to all who fear the Lord. Associating with the righteous of the Lord is where courage is found and shared. Being in the presence of those who keep the precepts of the Lord infuses a spirit of hope and trust in the common goal of serving God. Together the hearts of the children of God praise Him for all the mercies seen throughout the earth by the hand of the Creator. There is strength in numbers and sharing with the people of God the wonderful message of the word of the Lord encourages all to be very diligent in serving the one true God. Are you serious about your faith in God? Take a moment and read our psalm for the day. Let each day begin and end with the promise the Lord will be everything you need. Get serious.