Psalm 119:67 – “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.”
I don’t know what David was afflicted with, but whatever it is caused him to stop straying and come back to God. In Psalm 119:67, David talks about straying from the Lord, and now coming back. And, he intimates that obedience to God’s Word is the cure to a wandering heart.
Have you ever gone astray? It’s all too easy to find ourselves in a spot in life where we want to say, “No!” when God wants us to say, “Yes!”
God’s will for us in no secret. He has revealed to us His desires for us in His word. He has very specific mandates for our life. If we can get the first mandate down, the rest come easy. God’s most passionate desire for His children is that we love Him. And, He wants us to love him with everything that we are.
Have you ever been so in love with someone that you found that you couldn’t imagine living life without them? That’s what God wants from us. And, when we do, the desire to stay close to Him will be there.
You have made it very clear that you are the Great Shepherd. We are the sheep of Your pasture. Help us not to be dumb sheep, thinking that we know better than You. We want to follow you. We want to know You. We want to love You. And, we want to know what it is like to be Your friend. Help us to follow Your commands. Help us to live as light in our generation. Help us to love our neighbors as ourselves.
In Jesus’ name,