Month: February 2012

Running With Enlarged Hearts

I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart! Psalm 119:32

Ever have a day where you are so overwhelmed with the Gospel, where you can’t believe all that God is for you in Christ, where you just simply want to honor and obey Him? I mean one of those days where you are full of the joy of the Lord and you can truly say with the psalmist, “Your testimonies are my delight” (Psalm 119:24).

I hope you have. And I hope it is common. But have you ever had a day where your heart was cold to the things of the Lord, a day where you weren’t too excited about living for Him? If you’re like me, I’m sure you have. What do you do on a day like that? How do you stir up your heart so that there is a desire to obey?

Let me suggest something that I have learned from Psalm 119:32. When you have “one of those days” ask God to widen and expand your heart so that you may walk in His ways. Actually, the psalmist says that when the Lord expands and enlarges his heart, he will run in the way of the Lord’s commandments. This suggests a willing, volitional desire to be obedient. Not just a desire to walk or stroll or mosey along in the Lord’s ways. This is a desire to take off running and sprinting like an Olympic athlete!

How do you get out of the “starting blocks” on a day where you’re indifferent to the Lord? You ask Him to enlarge your heart so that you desire to live for Him. And that desire can only be brought about by the Lord. Take a moment now and ask the Lord to enlarge your heart so that you joyfully run in the way of His commandments.

Moving from moseying to a full sprint by His grace,
~Pastor Benji