Give us teachable hearts
Psalm 119:33 Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,
that I may follow it to the end
34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law
and obey it with all my heart.
35 Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
so that you may be feared.
39 Take away the disgrace I dread,
for your laws are good.
40 How I long for your precepts!
In your righteousness preserve my life.
Do you realize how crucial it is for a disciple to have a teachable heart? We can only seek after holiness if we allow ourselves to continue to learn and be transformed by His Word.
Following God’s statutes is not about legalism, it is about learning His heart. What matters to God should matter to us and what and whom God loves we should love. However, if we steel our hearts against God’s Word, choosing instead to proof text the scriptures, we will not only fail to learn, we will fail to turn our hearts to Him.
Are you willing to alter your perception of long-held beliefs in order to be molded into who God wants you to be? Are you able to grab hold of truth even if it means you have to relinquish “being right?”
Jesus said repeatedly that what He was telling His followers was something they had not heard before. His statement still holds true today. The gospel is too often watered down because it is not comfortable. May we be willing to risk being made uncomfortable in order to follow Christ in spirit and in truth.
PRAYER: Father, keep us close to your Word, close to your heart, and may we have kingdom understanding in all we do. Amen.