Psalm 119:32 KJV | Personal bible study

I will run the way of Jesus, when thou shalt enlarge my heart. David uses the verb “run” here. This teaches me that when I walk in my journey with Christ, I will do so with energy and determination. I will do His will with the same determination and with passion.

But notice the second half of the verse: “when thou shalt enlarge my heart.” The world says to follow your heart but the Bible says that the heart is desperately wicked in Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? So what does David mean here? The Commentary on The Treasury of David says:

He must change the heart, unite the heart, encourage the heart, strengthen the heart, and enlarge the heart, and then the course of the life will be gracious, sincere, happy, and earnest; so that from our lowest up to our highest state in grace we must attribute all to the free favour of our God.

We have to be careful to what we expose our hearts, amen? When we keep ourselves centered in the word of God and obey His word, our hearts turn toward Him! Paul gave us the perfect blueprint for this in Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

I’m sure you’ve read these verses countless times but have you applied them, my friend? When we dwell on the bad, our hearts become hard and the Holy Spirit is quenched. He cannot work in us if we are working against Him. Once we are born again, our hearts are set free from sin and it’s up to us to fight the good fight and run a good race, amen? We have everything to gain by obeying God’s word but we lose peace when we disobey. It is always better to obey because the Lord loves obedience over sacrifices offered up. 1 Sam 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Obedience to God’s word is the key here, friend. You will never go wrong in doing so!