"My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times." Psalm 119:20
I need to break this verse down into everyday, modern English. And when I do it means: Every part of me (all of me- spirit, soul, mind, emotions, passions, the activity of my mind, will and character) desires more than anything else Lord, Your judgments (Your law, Your commands, Your word) all the time.
This speaks of an intense desire for God's word. The writer wanted to know God's judgments more than anything else. He didn't want to just memorize them. He didn't want to be able to just quote them. He wanted to know them more than he wanted to know anything else. Why? Where do we find God? Where do we find what He "looks" like, what He desires, what He requires, what His will is, what He wants for us? Where do we get a clearer picture of who He is? From His Word.
The writer was not just saying that he wanted to know the "Bible", he was wanting to know the Author and Subject of the "Bible". He had a deep longing and desire for it-- more than for anything else. And his desire was not just on Sunday morning during church or Wednesday night during Bible study, or during revival services. He wanted it at all times.
Does this sound like you? If you are a Christian it should? Our greatest desire should be to know Him. This should be our greatest longing if we follow Him because we follow Him out of love. He loved us so much. He loved us so much that He demonstrated it by dying on the cross for our sins. He only has one desire from us-- love Him with all our hearts, soul, strength and mind. Didn't He say that was the greatest of all His commands. And He went on to say that on this hangs all the other commands. When we truly love Him this way, we will keep all the other commands because they are kept out of love and not out of duty.
The writer was not talking about some religious requirement. He was talking about the desire of the heart. When you love someone, your desire is toward them. Have you ever loved so deeply that you can't eat or sleep? Have you felt like your heart would just explode because you love them so much? This is the same thing the writer is saying. The word translated for break means to be crushed. His whole heart was crushed with such a deep love and desire. Does your love for Jesus consume you? Does it make your heart feel like it could explode with desire for Him? Do you long to know Him in a deeper way? Are you searching to know Him through His word? Or do you love Him less? Do you love Him when it is convenient, when you are in need, when times are hard?
Have a great day. Is Jesus the love of your life and the whole desire of your heart all the time?
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