Word-Minded People (September 14, 2011)

[33] Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end.
[34] Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
[35] Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
[36] Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!
[37] Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.
[38] Confirm to your servant your promise, that you may be feared.
[39] Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good.
[40] Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!
(Psalm 119:33-40 ESV)

There are two more reasons why the Psalmist wants God to apply his Word to his heart.

  1. So that I won’t be selfish (Read 36)
    1. A life of self denial and God-glorification is an evidence of the power of God in our lives, for we naturally want to glorify ourselves and spurn God.
    2. Mark 7:21-22; Psalm 51:10 (Create in me a clean heart)
    3. Illustration: If I showed you a Car and Driver or HGTV magazine, you would not think it lustful to peruse them. However, if I showed you a lude magazine such as Maxim or something similar, you would immediately point to the lust involved in looking at such material. A clean heart is created by the presence of the Word of God, wielded like a scalpel in the hands of the Holy Spirit to cut out all sin, whether it is lust for a person or an appliance or a car.
  2. So that I will live for eternity (Read 37)
    1. What things are worthless? Things that aren’t eternal are worthless because if they don’t last, why do they matter?
    2. Ecclesiastes 1:1-2, 8; 2:11; (Everything is going to burn!)
    3. Illustration: I think too much about what other people think about me. I remember my pastor telling me that I shouldn’t think to highly of what people in my high school thought of me, since I would be graduating and never see them again. He was right. We too often think more of the moment than of the reality that our lives are eternal and aimed at an eternal goal. Word-Minded people are eternally-minded people.
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