Memory Scripture

I seek You with all my HEART; do not let me stray from Your commands. Psalm 119:10 NiV

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  1. It is with an Undivided heart that we must seek the Lord, for the psalmist says, WITH ALL MY HEART. If part of our heart are united with the world then our hearts are divided. David says, “Unite my heart, oh God to fear and honor Your Name….that I may walk in Truth. With my whole united heart I will confess and praise Your Name.” Ps. 86

  2. A few years ago Sara used a quote in one of her teachings by a famous architect that I will never forget: “God is in the details.” ( Ludwig Mies van der Rohe) Viewing his designs of clean lines, open spaces and exact furniture placement certainly reflect to me that his careful attention to detail at every level is what makes the ‘whole’ design work so beautifully…like God Himself and His order and preciseness have been there.
    Jeremiah 29:13 says “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” I think seeking God with your whole heart can mean making sure that you pay attention to the smallest details in all God gives you to do. I often find myself pretty good at getting the bigger things done, but then find I overlooked or neglected a detail or seemingly ‘smaller’ directive. Sadly, this mars the beauty and effectiveness of the ‘work’. It is important to seek God by seeking to pay attention and fulfill the details of every ‘command’.

  3. How about this? “I worship you with all my heart. Don’t let me walk away from your commands.” (NEV) Seems like love to me!

  4. As I continue to ponder and reflect on this “Memory Scripture”, “do not let me stray from your commands.” I find myself engaging more and more with the Holy Spirit responded to my request for “do not let me stray”.

    The Scripture says, “that God gives His angels charge over us.” Sometimes I get a little glimpse of how out of control I am when I call for the Holy Spirit to keep me on tract. In my peeking through icy cold windows I see, He with me, needs the help of the angels. This picture of the unseen spiritual realm just seems to warm-up my heart to seek God and worship God with all my heart. And, on freezing cold days like today in Northern Virginia it warms my hands and feet as well. Isn’t He Wonderful!

  5. The Life Application Study Bible words Psalm 119:10 like this: ” I have tried hard to find you- don’t let me wander from your commands.” I’d like to add verse 11 “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” I like the footnotes in my Bible for verse 11, read with me: “Hiding (keeping) God’s Word in our hearts is a deterrent to sin. This alone should inspire us to memorize Scripture. But memorization alone will not keep us from sin; we must also put God’s Word to work in our lives, making it a vital guide for everything we do.”
    The footnotes sure gave me something to be reminded of.

  6. What Debi said about being pretty good at getting the bigger things but then realizing that a detail or two was (were) missed…. made me think about some of us, me included, who do pretty well, the big things asked or required of us to do…the things that SHOW, the projects that are observed by others, visible, or seen. But what about the little, invisible things. The small, detailed, little hidden obediences and commands. In Matt 6:3-4, Jesus teaches, “but when you give do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing so that the good deeds will be done in secret and your Father, Who sees in secret ,will reward you, openly.” Our Father sees all that we do. God is in the details.

  7. Needles as I read your scripture above about hiding God’s word in my heart, I thought of the parable of the sower and this particular group of people:
    “Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.”
    I wonder if the reason that Satan can take the word that was put in them is because they didn’t hide it in their hearts like a treasure to apply at the correct time?

  8. Debi what you just wrote brought up a question in my mind for you as a career horticulturist teacher. What happens to a crop even when it has been planted in good soil, if after ripening, is never harvested, never reaped but just left in the ground. My conjecture would be that it either rots, or some animal devours it. My analogy would be that if we plant the seed of the Word in our hearts but it never yeilds a crop or we never harvest it so that we may, or especially others may eat of the fruit of it then maybe the “animal” (satan) comes to eventually devour it.
    Just an idea that I saw and pure conjecture.

  9. I’m working on a Beth Moore study entitled A Heart Like His. Today’s lesson was about entering in to a covenant. A covenant meaning a pledge, an alliance of friendship, an obligation between monarch and his subjects, a constitution. This contract was accompanied by sacrifices and a solemn oath that sealed the relationship with promises of blessings and curses for disobedience. God loved us so much that he entered into relationship with us. The contract was sealed with the sacrifice of his son Jesus. As Beth goes on the oath is: I John 4: 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he is in God. God loves me! He really loves me! He’s in me! Then I better ask that you fill my whole heart so I may enjoy the relationship, the blessings that it bring to my life.

    I noted when reading about Abraham and his covenant with the Lord the sacrifice was an animal sacrifice and Abraham had to give chase to the prey which tried to eat the sacrifice. Is there a prey which would come and gobble up what Jesus would have for us? Abraham had to physically give chase to the prey. Jesus was the sacrifice and as we get close the prey must zero in and we must give chase to that which would cause us to lose focus and lose the blessings of the oath quoted above – and not a curse.

  10. MG you are correct about the ripe harvest. And with rot comes disease and insects which if left untreated, breed more disease and insects next year…and so an unhealthy cycle continues.
    As Rena says, we want the blessings, not the curse.
    Father, help us stay close to you by following your commands, not stray away from You seeking things that cannot satisfy what our hearts were made for…to seek You and love you…”And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12:30)

  11. “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-16

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