TITLE: The path to blessedness
By David McArdle
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The path to blessedness
“How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart” [Psalm 119.2 NASB]
Continuity could adequately describe David's attitude of heart, as he steadfastly walked in the instruction of the Lord.
At every available moment he observed all of God's decrees and this practice enabled him to seek God with all his heart, and to preserve as a priceless treasure, God's word in his heart.
God is completely unselfish, as the cross of Jesus reveals and He continually longs for us to receive and walk in His richest blessing.
For this to be fulfilled, He encourages us to use all of our faculties, in an effort to accomplish two specific ends,
To be faithful to God.
To set a guard over our hearts so that we do not sin.
If we do not obey His injunctions, it will be to our spiritual loss. Some of us may have experienced this truth in our lives and ministry.
Where did we go wrong? We did not respond correctly to His commands or warnings.
When we are tempted, we often weigh up the situation we are facing by relying on our own understanding … and think, as Adam may also have thought, that a minor diversion can be safely handled and then left alone.
Once caught, we quickly change our mind. Has this also happened to you?
God can and often does use bitter and painful experiences to remind us of our desperate need to remain spiritually alert.
Why does He deliberately pursue this course of action? He is fully aware of the eternal benefits and pleasures that are awaiting the one who overcomes.
Therefore, He passionately and desperately longs for us to observe His decrees with all of our heart. [David McArdle]
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