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RUNNING WITH AN ENLARGED HEART – May 24

Let us be honest and speak the truth. We are so frail spiritually and have a sinful flesh that troubles us every step of our way. So often we are proud of our sins rather than ashamed and sorry. By God’s grace we have not fallen into unbelief and hatred against God; but we still are prone to stumble into sins which we ought to hate.

Is there ever going to be a change? Will we ever love God with all our heart? Yes, but it will not be because we in our strength put off all our love of sin and got full con¬trol of all our members. Listen to the psalmist in Psalm 119:31, 32: “I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.” Get that! When God enlarges our hearts we will run in His command¬ments.

As the newborn babe grows, its heart becomes larger. So it must be with us as children of God. Our hearts must become larger than they now are, if we are going to run in God’s commandments. That is, our hearts must be able to hold more spiritual blood to send to every fiber of our being, if we are to run in holiness. That spiritual blood is love to God. A large heart full of it will walk as Christ walked.

But note that God must enlarge that heart; and then we will not walk but run in love to God. We sing that in our versification:

I cleave unto Thy truth, O Lord;
From shame deliver me;
In glad obedience I will live
Through strength bestowed by Thee.

There you have it. Strength bestowed by God will enable us to run the way of His commandments. Boast of doing so in your own strength, and you show yourself in Satan’s clutches and that your heart is large with hatred against God. Love to God will praise Him and make us strive to run faster in service to Him than in the past. We will not be satisfied with walking, but will want to serve Him fully with every fiber of our being. Pray then that you may be kept from the shameful way of sin and of boasting. Run in the confession of God’s love and grace.

Read: Psalm 119:97-112

Psalter versification: 324:4

This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet. 

May 24, 2019

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