NOTE: Early this month I encouraged you to read Psalm 119. Not just to check it off a reading list but to let the text sink deep into your soul. This psalm reveals the depth of commitment the author has with God’s Word. If we want to know what Jesus, Paul, James or any other member of the early church thought about the Bible, we need to read Psalm 119. Here are more truths from Psalm 119 and our need for His Word in our life.
Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way. – Psalm 119:36-37
We don’t seem to have a natural “bent” toward His Word. This is why Bible study is so important and hard to do. People struggle with Scripture, because it is not our natural bent.
The psalmist has this simple prayer, “Incline (or bend) my heart to Your Word.” That needs to be our request. It is through His Word that I can strengthen myself to be more grateful for what I have and to resist our natural bent toward covetousness.
When we covet or desire something that is not ours, we are showing our ingratitude with the provision the LORD has given us and are looking to what others possess as a replacement. As a general rule, I believe when we are struggling with coveting something, there is a good chance we haven’t been faithful about being in His Word. And there is a significant possibility we have allowed ourselves to consumed with “worthless things “as the psalmist indicates in verse 37.
How many “worthless things “do we allow our eyes to take in?
I’m not a legalist who claims we can never partake in recreation or enjoy a movie, or hobby that doesn’t involve anything overtly Christian. However, those benign activities can become a problem when they push us to temptation and sin. The prayer isn’t to have those things removed from us, but rather that God “turns” our eyes away.
How does this happen? Quite simply, it is when you are reading something and you feel that pricking of the Holy Spirit telling you this isn’t good for you. Or it’s when you are watching a movie or TV show and suddenly there is a twinge of conviction upon you because of “that scene.” At those times you are experiencing this prayer in action.
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