Desiring God

Psalm 40:8: “I desire to do Your will, my God; Your law is within my heart.”

One thing that bugs me is when people use Psalm 119:11 to say that memorizing Scripture is hiding God’s Word in our hearts. That’s not accurate–they’re two totally different things!

And yet… it is a step in the right direction. Memorizing Scripture is not the same as hiding God’s Word in my heart, but running Scripture through my mind constantly is a great way to keep God’s Word at the front and in the depths of my consciousness, giving the powerful and living Word greater opportunity to work its way into my heart and conquer my total being.

Whether it’s memorizing, meditating, or whatever, constant mental review of God’s Word is a great way to internalize it and subject myself to the throughts of God, opening the door for the ways of God to be expressed in my life.

I so much want to desire to do God’s will; I so much want God’s law within my heart. I want to be able to claim Psalm 40:8 as my own profession of wholehearted devotion to God. I want to be able to say the words of this verse and be able to pass a lie detector test. After all, God already knows my innermost thoughts and desires!

I need to be intentional about running God’s Word through my mind, carrying it with me in writing if I need to. And I think I’ll start with this verse, and pray that God would make this statement my own.

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Published in: on August 6, 2007 at 7:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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