Friday, April 13, 2012

". . . for You will enlarge my heart . . ."

When reading in Psalm 119 recently, a particular verse caused me to pause . . . it is one I have read many times, yet it spoke to my heart in a way that it had not before. The verses preceding speak of the writer's love for God's word, choosing "the faithful way", clinging to the Lord's testimonies, and more. And then the last verse in this section (verses 25-32) reads . . .

"I shall run the way of Your commandments, for You will enlarge my heart." Psalm 119: 32

When reading this, the thought that immediately came to mind was in relation to the "running" and the "enlarging of the heart." Physically, when we run, the heart begins pumping faster and harder. If one continues to exercise by running on a regular basis, the arteries will expand, the heart will get stronger, and the body will be able to exercise longer and do more and more physically demanding things. It will become more fit, strong, and have more energy, and all as a result of the continued effort and perseverance.

How beautifully this relates to our spiritual life! As we run in the way of God's commandments which are found in His Word, as we persevere and practice them, read and study them, seek to apply them, and to "run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1b), the Lord will enlarge our heart! And as He enlarges our heart, we will have increasing strength and endurance to continue on in this race . . . which will then bear the fruit of a maturing, stronger, and more solidly grounded life in Christ.

Sometimes this "race" can be painful and difficult, and one may begin to think they cannot take one more step forward (things that those of us who have run for exercise can probably relate to! :), yet the Lord gives the grace and the strength to take that next step. And as we take it, He prepares us to take the next one. Yet it hinges on us taking those steps and continuing to run in the "way of [His] commandments." Then, through that continual perseverance and pressing on, we have the joy and comfort of resting in the knowledge that the Lord will "enlarge our heart" and be there with us every step of the way. What an encouragement this is!

10 comments:

  1. Thank you, Sarah, this was a big encouragement! The Lord is so faithful to us! :-)

    Love in Christ,
    Vicki

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  2. What a wonderful insight, Sarah! This is something to ponder on in times of weariness when it's so very hard to want to take the next step of obedience, but the Lord is indeed gracious and faithful and with us in every step.

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  3. thank you...i needed to hear this tonight :)

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  4. Thank you for sharing this, Sarah! What an encouragement to my soul this morning, both spiritually and mentally. Many times I have felt in a place where I couldn't or didn't know how to move forward, but found the strength and direction through Him. As one who runs for exercise, this is a very relatable concept.

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  5. Thanks for sharing such encouraging thoughts!

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  6. You're welcome, Vicki. I am so glad that it was able to be a blessing to you! And yes, indeed, the Lord is so faithful . . . and His faithfulness is so great and unending. What a loving Father He is to us!

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  7. I am glad that it was a blessing to you, Helena! And thank you for sharing the thoughts that you did. This would indeed be something to ponder when obedience is difficult.

    As you shared, the Lord is so faithful and is with us every step of this journey. There is such encouragement in that truth!

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  8. You're welcome, Melissa . . . I am so glad that it was able to be a blessing to you!

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  9. You're welcome, Renee! And thank you for sharing all that you did . . . how well I can relate. There are times when it seems so hard to take the next step forward. That is one reason why I found this passage so encouraging. To think that the Lord is there with us always and "enlarging our hearts" as we "run"!

    Thank you again for sharing, and I am glad that it was a blessing to you!

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  10. You're welcome, Joy!

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