In Ps. 119:20, the psalmist declares, “My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times.” Oh, God, his desire to know more of You was so strong that it overcame him and ‘broke his soul’. His desire for You exhausted and wore on him, zapping his strength in the best of ways. God, that I would allow that type of desire to take hold in my own heart. Oh, that my desire to know You would consume my thoughts as much as any unfulfilled desire ever could.
Lord, in Pr. 5, Solomon pleads again with his son to pay attention to his wisdom and his understanding. He instructs his son not to be enraptured by an immoral woman. He warns him of the dangers of being seduced by desire towards her. Lord, Your Word tells us the same things. We allow our desire for so many things to take our steps away from You, but all the while, we should be so consumed with a desire for You that nothing else will satisfy. Forgive me, Lord, for placing my desire in other places.
Help me to hear Your Word as the instruction that will truly keep from reproach and contempt. Help me not to depart from the Word of Your mouth that was given to keep me from being caught in the cords of sin, and quite literally from death. Do not let me despise Your instruction, nor let me be consumed by anything other than my desire for more of You. You alone are worthy of my life. You alone are worthy of my desire, my longings, my devotion.
Oh, that Your Word would give me more delight than any other thing could even imagine to bring. Awaken in me a new desire, Lord, for more of You. Awaken a longing such as I have never had before.
Let my longing for You be passed to my children and my children’s children. Let the generations to come long for You so strongly that it also breaks their souls. Oh, that our longing would produce works that will glorify You and You alone. You are worthy of all that and more, Lord, our Creator, our Savior, our Deliverer, and Strength. Your power and might, Your faithfulness, Your peace…all these things and more make You more desirable than all else. Keep that in our hearts and in our minds. Help us to meditate on these things above all other things. Move in us and use us for Your glory, Lord.
In Jesus’ name,