I will run in the way of your commandments when You enlarge my heart! (Psalms 119:32)
What a promise these words hold! What encouragement and hope they offer.
“But Lord”we ask, “how will I run the course”? How was it that Paul was able to say “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7)?
It is by this – When (after, because, inasmuch as, since) The Lord has enlarged (broadened, opened wide, made room in) our hearts, we are able to live according to all He commands of us.
- His word will enlarge my heart – through the testimony of His word our faith grows stronger.
- His Spirit will enlarge my heart – by the testimony of His Spirit, our understanding grows deeper.
- His works will enlarge my heart – through the wonder of His works, our worship grows richer.
It is not by our own words, or will, or works that our hearts grow wider and stronger, it is only by the word, the Spirit and the work of Jesus Christ.
I get so tired of trying and failing, don’t you? That’s the point. In our own strength it is impossible, but with Christ, all things are possible. By the love, grace and mercies of God, we can say with confidence “I will run in the way of His commandments”.