Worthless

Today's devotion from Psalm 119:33-72.

God's instruction is active in our lives. The reason I make this observation is because we sometimes feel that God is passive. He has already provided the Scriptures, and it often seems that we are responsible for ourselves. I must read the Scriptures. I must understand them. I must figure out the application. I must devote myself to living out His expectations. The problem with this perspective is that it is wrong.

The psalmist pleads with the Lord to take an active role in his life. Teach me. Help me. Turn my heart. Turn my eyes. Confirm what you said. Turn away the disgrace. The psalmist realizes the truth proclaimed in Hebrews 4:12, "For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12, CSB) When you open the Word of God, it is used actively in your life, especially when you open yourself to the Word.

In these verses, I was particularly touched by the psalmist's cry that God, "Turn my eyes from looking at what is worthless. (Psalm 119:37, CSB) This is the active work of God I long for in my life. I want Him to touch my wayward heart to turn my passion toward Him. I wish to desire nothing but Him; that no worthless thing would capture my attention in the place of my worthy Father.

Yet, God will do this very thing through His Word. As He reveals more of Himself, as I see more of Him in the Scriptures, He can and will fill my vision. When we can gaze so openly on the majesty of our eternal God, why would we waste a glimpse on that which is worthless?