“I will … fix my eyes …”
Today we started reading the longest ‘chapter’ in the Bible – Psalm 119. And what an inspiring testimony it is to the wonder of the relationship we can develop with our Creator.
“In the way of your testimonies I delight … I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word” (verses 14-16).
And what better way to make sure we do not ‘forget’ God’s “word” than to start each day by reading at least some portion of it – the Psalms being a most meaningful and fruitful source!
We keep our “way pure” (verse 9) how? This verse gives the answer,
“By guarding it according to your word”.
We must not do this half-heartedly or develop a sense of ritual. The next verse challenges us by starting,
“With my whole heart I seek you”.
Can we genuinely say that? Our Lord has no time for those who are half committed – if we want to keep one foot in “the world” – he has no time for us.
“Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart … Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things” (verses 34,37).
When we come to the Proverbs later this month, we must highlight chapter 4,
“Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure” (verses 24-26).
We need to achieve that surety more than ever today!
We can parallel these thoughts with those of Paul as we read his final words to the Corinthians,
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”.
The way the Common English Version puts that final phrase appeals to us,
“may the Holy Spirit join all your hearts together” – and we can add, and ‘fix the eyes of all our hearts on His word’ (see Ephesians 1:18).