The saying goes, “The heart wants what it wants.” The thing is, what the heart wants is meant to change when we turn in faith to Jesus Christ. We begin to understand that we are made to find our fullest and deepest desires in Him. We were made by God for the worship of God.
This is what the psalmist expressed in Psalm 119:33-40—the longing to know and follow the Lord in complete obedience and surrender.
Read Psalm 119:33-35.
- Do you think it is possible to delight in the Lord and still not follow His commands?
- Do you ask God to teach you, or is that something you tend to tackle in your own strength?
- What benefits would come to the psalmist if God answered these prayers?
Read Psalm 119:36-37.
- What do you perceive as a threat to following the Lord fully?
- In what sense is any threat to following the Lord “worthless”?
- From the psalmist’s example, how should you combat threats to your following the Lord?
Read Psalm 119:38-40.
- What is the difference between inviting God to confirm His Word in you and doubting His Word?
- The psalmist wanted God to turn away the disgrace he dreaded, and also said that God’s judgments are good. What did he mean by this?
- Do you tend to embrace God’s judgments on your life or ignore them because they make you feel a sense of shame and disgrace?
Taking it Home:
- How might your life change this week if you desire the knowledge and understanding of the Lord more than anything else?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
Proverbs 14:29-35; Exodus 34:1-10; Proverbs 16:18-33; Nehemiah 9:16-21; Psalm 50; Isaiah 30:15-22.