THE PLEADINGS OF A HUNGRY HEART

Psa. 119:5

 

Morning Meditation

 

"O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!"

 

This verse seems to tell me that the author wrote spontaneously. There were cravings in his heart to be totally sold out to the Lord. This soul had entered the sanctuary displeased with his performance. He loves the Lord and wants to please Him above all. Let’s look at this prayer and let it speak to us.

 

THIS IS A CRY OF A THIRSTY HEART

 

This is brought out in Psalms 42:1-2, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?"

 

There is inside of a saved man an intuition or emotion that can only be satisfied by God. God created man to inhabit Him. Jesus is the express image of the invisible God. This is brought out in Hebrews 1:3, "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;"

 

There are other places where this is brought out. This truth is also found in Colossians 1:15-16, "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:"

 

Where is this taught from a practical standpoint? It is brought out in a practical way in John 14:7-9, "If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.  Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?" Jesus clearly declares in this passage that He and the Father are One. This is brought out in the words, “He that hath seen me has seen the Father. . .”

 

Every believer should have a thirst for God. This is the way the unseen God manifests Himself to the thirsty soul. This is brought out in John 7:37-39, "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified)"

 

THIS IS THE CRY OF AN HONEST HEART

 

The word “ways” in our text mean, “the course of life.” The Psalmist wants all his ways to be under the guidance of the Lord. I long for that also. I feel those who read this daily meditation also want that for your life. But alas we find ourselves thirsty which means we are not drinking regularly from the fountain that never runs dry.

 

We must serve God from the heart. Psalm 44:21 says, “Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.” Why will God search the heart? It is as Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you.”

 

Psalm 19:8 says, “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.” The Word of God is directed at the heart and those of us who know the Lord rejoice in heart.

 

Prov. 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

 

This is the cry of an honest heart.

 

THIS IS THE CRY OF AN INTELLIGENT HEART

 

The man who walks with God has an intelligent heart. The Bible speaks of a hardened heart. This is brought out in Hebrews 3:15, "While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation." The word “harden” translates “skleruno” and means, “to make hard, harden, to become obstinate.” It is like a callous on the foot where you go barefooted and in doing so the bottom of your feet become like leather. When I was a boy, I took my shoes off in April and didn’t put them on again until school started in the fall. (the exception was when I went to church).

 

The calloused heart cannot be an intelligent heart. It is dumb. Nothing ever gets through to it. We need to be tender hearted. Ephesians 4:32 says, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

 

We need to guard our heart from callousness and keep a tender heart for the Lord and our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

 

In Christ

 

Bro. White