To find a particular object one must go in a definite direction and upon a particular way. Go north when the object is south of the place where you are, and you will not reach that object. And the same is true about things spiritual. Therefore the psalmist in Psalm 119:10 writes, “With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.”
Two truths are evident here: We must seek God with our whole heart; and if we wander from His command¬ments, we are not going to find Him and enjoy His covenant fellowship. Wander the slightest bit from one of His commandments and we are going away from God, for we are going in the wrong direction.
Consider once that if on a stretch of highway you drive your automobile only one inch toward the lane of the on-coming traffic, and keep that up for a few minutes, you are headed for a head-on collision. Even more so, if we wander for just one moment from one of God’s commandments, we are on a collision course with the almighty, holy God. And instead of finding Him in His love and mercy, we will have Him find us in His holy wrath. For that law is a very, very narrow path.
Therefore it is essential that we seek God with our whole heart, that is, constantly, by walking in His commandments which call us to love God.
Listen to the versification of the psalmist’s words:
Sincerely I have sought Thee, Lord,
O let me not from Thee depart;
To know Thy will and keep from sin
Thy word I cherish in my heart.
In order to keep on the path that leads to God’s fellow-ship, and the assurance of His love, our hearts must be directed to God. That steering wheel in your automobile will determine the direction in which you go. Your heart will determine the spiritual direction of your whole being.
Seeking God sincerely, seeking Him in His Son Who ful-filled that law for us, you will find His love. Beware, therefore, of wandering, and pray with the psalmist that God may keep you walking where you may know and enjoy God’s love.
Read: Isaiah 55
Psalter versification: 322:2
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.