Okay, it just appears that way.
Really, David asks one thing: to be taught and led by God, rather than the things of this world.
As we walk this earth as foreigners, there are a lot of things that can catch our eyes. It may something we see on tv, online, or in person, but the truth is this – there are a great deal of things competing for our attention. There are a lot of things that compete for my attention. When our guard is down, this is what happens.
David is praying against such competition.
How am I praying against the things that compete for my heart’s affection and attention?
Reread through Psalm 119:33-37.
Each day, we make a choice.
We need to choose where we set our hearts.
Our hearts are included toward what looks good, even if it’s not good for us. As Jeremiah says, “Our hearts are desperately sick, who could understand it (see 17:9 below)?” In the New Living Translation, it says:
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hears and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve (vv. 9-11).”
In our culture we seemed to spout Psalms 37:4 often, which says “God will give you the desires of your heart.”, without realizing that before that – our hearts need a serious make-over.
We need to make Lord Jesus our first priority. We need to make our time with Him first. I understand (and God understands far better than I do) that things arise that keep us from seeking things of God. But, a lot of times I think we make excuses.
Well, I can’t get up that early…
What if I wake up early, a hour before I have to, and I am feeling horrible physically.
That was a concern, last night. I don’t know how, but He did it. I slept very lightly. I knew what time my phone was set to begin ringing (a beautiful sound – thank you First 5 app!) at 5:00 am.
God will make a way, when we devote ourselves to Him. How can we take that first step today?
Back to our hearts…
Jeremiah 17 is an important point made in Scripture that we can’t follow our heart’s desires, but we need to push and seek God at whatever cost necessary (remind me of this tomorrow morning, perhaps even tonight). My heart’s just as, if not more, deceitful than yours.
And I need to lead my heart.
I need to lead my heart to Jesus no matter what the cost. I need to lay down my life, and put my faith in Jesus – and in action… Beginning (and keeping) my new morning routine is part of the process.
If I want God to teach me like David expressed in his prayer, I need to S C R A P E each morning. S.C.R.A.P.E is an acronym I came up with this morning. I wanted an acronym that would express what happens by waking up early and getting-into-the-Word-of-God. I am a forgetful person, so I needed something that would bring to my mind what happens – in these wee hours (honestly, my alarm needs to be set for 4:30 since I had to eat breakfast first. A hour to eat breakfast and try to have a quiet time wasn’t long enough).
Click here for more on this new method – S.C.R.A.P.E