Saturday, November 12, 2016

He Loved First

I will run the way of your commandments, when you enlarge my heart.
Incline my heart toward your testimonies, and not to covetousness.”
Psalm 119:32, 36
These two verses show that David understood a fundamental spiritual truth: If you are obeying God’s commandments, and if you love His word instead of the world, it is not primarily the result of your own choice or effort.   Rather, it is the result of God doing something in your heart so that you would choose Him and His ways.  As the apostle John said, “We love Him because He first loved us” (1Jn. 4:19).  In effect, in these two verses from Psalm 119, David was praying that God would love him so that he, in turn, might love God.

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