New Year Resolutions
Saturday, January 2, 2010

 

“Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.   Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.  Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.   Turn my

 eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.” (Ps. 119:34-37)      

           New Year brings with it new resolve, new commitments, and a determination to have a better year than the one before.  Let me this morning suggest some resolutions to make which will forever change your lives for the good.  They are beautifully hidden in the 119th Psalm.

            First, ask God for understanding.  David wrote, “Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.”  We instinctively know God’s laws are good and perfect, but because we don’t understand them, we shy away from them and listen more intently to the world which is deceptive and looks easy.  Deep down we know God is right, so pray for understanding so that you can commit to keeping His laws.  All of a sudden, you will find life is less tangled, less complicated, and more fulfilling.

            Second, ask God to direct your paths in His way.  You see, David knew that in God’s path there is delight.  Margaret and I have a saying, “Don’t get ahead of God.”  Every time we do, we goof.  But when we wait on Him, then we find delight in our lives.  This requires patience, but God has your life in control, but you must first surrender it to Him.  Delight rests in God alone.  So pray for His direction.

            Third, ask God to turn your heart towards His law and not toward selfish gain.  You see, David began with the mind where understanding dwells, then to the feet which take our lives in paths (good or bad), but now he turns to the heart where real life decisions are made.  We are born selfish and without self discipline (and real loving discipline from our parents) we will live seeking selfish gains.  So to turn away from wanting just for yourself, requires a change of heart and only God can change your heart.  Although the pathway of the world is broad, easy, and looks attractive, the narrow path which is steep and hard to climb is what you were designed for. 

             Fourth, ask God to turn your eyes away from worthless things.  From the heart to the eyes – David knew that desiring selfish gain usually begins with what feeds the heart.  The eyes are the window to the heart.  So when our eyes are feasting on lavish, well orchestrated commercials, air brushed movie stars, and concepts which seem politically correct then it is those things that feed our heart.  Eyes well placed on godly things, begins to turn the heart in godly ways.  Let your eyes look upon family, church, children in need, and the beauty of the spouse that God has given you. 

            The end game of resolutions should be a better life.  Take notice that the psalmist understands that a better life begins with God.  Only God can give us real understanding.  Only God can put our feet on a good path.  Only God can turn our hearts.  Only God can distinguish between what is worthwhile and what is worthless.  So maybe the real New Year’s resolution should be to pray more.  That is the channel God has chosen to give you the kind of life which has meaning.  Happy New Year.


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