"Happy are those who keep His Law and look for Him with all their heart." Psalm 119:2 TLB
God called King David a man after His heart (1 Samuel 13:14). I was shocked when I first heard this and really thought about it. I look at the stories of King David's life and I see a man with plenty of character defects who did plenty of foolish things. However, like the prophet Samuel, I cannot judge King David because I really don't know what is in his heart (1 Samuel 16:7). All I do know is, there was something inside David that deeply touched God's emotions. I think the answer is right here in Psalm 119:2 David looked for God with all of his heart, and the place where he looked for God was in the words God has spoken. I also want to deeply touch God's emotions by loving him with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5). I was created for the purpose of loving/knowing God and being loved by Him (John 17:3). There is no higher calling, no greater aim, no better way to invest my time and effort than to look for God wholeheartedly in His Word (Deuteronomy 4:29), the same powerful Word that spoke creation into existence (Hebrews 11:3).
Let us search for God wholeheartedly in the words He has spoken! Let us not be discouraged by our own weaknesses, faults, and failures. Like King David, we may be profoundly flawed and have made terrible mistakes in our lives, but God isn't focused on our flaws or mistakes. He isn't holding them over us and just waiting for us to mess up again so He can punish us. God is focused on our hearts, and He absolutely loves it when we search for Him. He is passionate about us and has created us for love and intimacy with Him as our Abba-Daddy. Run to Him today, crawl up onto His lap, and give Him your attention. He loves it!
Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, we get so entangled by the cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things (Mark 4:19). The world today is overflowing with distractions; so much noise, so many voices shouting and screaming for our attention . God, we need You to give us extra grace today to empower us to really turn our attention wholeheartedly to You and listen to Your voice. We need even more extra grace to form this into a habit just as natural as eating. Oh that our ways were directed to keep Your statutes! Let us not wander from Your commandments! Let nothing choke out the precious, life-giving illumination of Your word or steal the living water of Your Holy Spirit!
—Matt Weeber, Production Team / White Oak Campus