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Turning...

Psalm 119:36-37 (NIV)
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word.

I must admit, I did not feel like reading today knowing I'm still in the Psalms (I wanted to eat something else today). I enjoy Psalm 119, although I'm sure I miss some of the meaning because of the acrostic format in Hebrew. Sometimes the different English translations track along the same lines of thought with each other. Other times it's like, "whoa - what was that"... All these things are floating in my minds as I'm reading. I manage to get through all 176 verses and realize I didn't actually "read" anything. So I'm scanning the text looking for something to journal on (I'm on a good roll and don't want to miss). These verse capture my attention.

I appreciate the NIV here; it uses the word "turn" to begin the two phrases. For me it describes the same action that has to take place in these two important areas - what I set my heart on and what I focus on. Simply put, my natural inclination is selfish. My life's gravitational pull is to be "Jeff-centered." This life focus begins a process that ultimately is destructive. So my heart and my eyes, my attention and my focus, has to be changed.

The things that keeps perspective in my life is God's Word. It keeps my heart soft to God as I read of His heart for me. It frees me from the bondage of self-centeredness. It also keeps my life focused, helping identify the difference between that which is worthless and that which is truly valuable. That "preserves" my life.

Lord, turn my heart, turn my eyes. I desire to man of Your Word.

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