My sons are on a continual quest to find my favorite song. One of them will say, "Hey, mom, I found your favorite song!" Then they will play it for me and wait for my response. Sometimes I really like it. Often it is okay. Once in awhile I don't like it at all (and they know I won't!).
It is a very hard thing to find my favorite song. I wouldn't even know where to start. I love so many.
Recently I found my favorite passages of scripture. Okay, one of my favorites. It is so good I just keep mulling it over and over enjoying it every time I think of it.
It is found in Psalm 119. Verses 110-112 say, "The wicked have laid a snare for me, yet I have not strayed from Your precepts. Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever. For they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the very end."
Verse 110 is a miracle. To be kept out of the snare of the enemy is nothing short of Divine. It is proof that the Lord has blessed me with grace. I have heard grace defined as "the power and desire to do the will of God." Oh, for grace to keep me out of the grasp of the enemy.
Verse 111 speaks of the Lord's testimonies. The Psalmist says, "I have taken Your testimonies as my heritage forever." There is overcoming power in that verse. And then it says, " for they (the Lord's testimonies) are the rejoicing of my heart."
This made me think about my favorite things. What makes my heart rejoice? Do the Lord's testimonies make my heart dance?
Finally, verse 113 says, "I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes........forever, to the very end."
"I have inclined my heart..........." I have purposed. I have bent my heart on doing Your will. I choose to celebrate the life that is in Your statutes.
He says, "I am not going to change my mind! This is an eternal decision. When I meet you at my eternal destination, my heart will be in the position it has always been, bowed to Your will and Your ways."
These verses challenge me. I want to spend time with them. I want to remember them. I want to live them.
Now I just want to ask you, have I found your favorite verses?