Posted by: zephaniah317 | January 9, 2010

Enlarge My Heart

This morning’s devotional –

Side note, I found a REALLY GOOD morning devotional booklet called “Breathe” on Erwin McManus’s church’s website (Mosaic, in the Los Angeles area – great podcasts, too, btw).  Here’s the link.  I was able to download it (it’s huge), but now, you can view it right on the website, turn the pages, etc., including printing it out at home.  (I was also excited to find they have come out with a sequel, Breathe 2)

– was really cool.  Psalm 119:32 says in the NIV, “I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.”  OK, cool.  But look at the NASB:

I shall run the way of Your commandments,
         For You will enlarge my heart.

First, that’s what I want.  A bigger heart.  I mean, sure, following God’s commandments are good for my soul, my body, my well being, my heart.  They’re not just there to make Him accept me or love me any more than He already does.  But, obedience to God enlarges my heart, gives me more room to be me.  To be more compassionate and passionate.  I’m not gonna go off on a huge tangent here, but I meet so many Christians who are so…afraid?…to embrace that their heart is good.  I’ve talked about this before, and John Eldredge practically bases his whole ministry on it.  It doesn’t mean we can get to a place of no sin or perfectness, just that we have the capacity to live whole, free lives.  God says so.

Second, it doesn’t say “walk in the way of Your commandments”.  It says run.  Reminds me of a Steven Curtis Chapman song from way back, “Children of the Burning Heart”:

We were the dreamers, the boys on the wild frontier
The new believers with nothing in the world to fear
We had discovered the treasure of the love and the grace of God
And it burned like a fire in our hearts, and we would…
Throw back our heads and run with the passion
Through the fields of forgiveness and grace
We carried the eternal flame
With an undying hope and a blazing conviction
Of a truth that would never fade
We were glowing in the dark
Children of the burning heart
And now for the dreamers, and those who have dared to believe
The flames call us deeper into the great mystery
For as we draw near to the Father we are lost in this one desire
To be wholly consumed by His fire, so let us…
Throw back our heads and run with the passion
Through the fields of forgiveness and grace
We carry the eternal flame
With an undying hope and a blazing conviction
Of a truth that would never fade
We are glowing in the dark
Children of the burning heart

“Through the fields of forgiveness and grace” with our heads thrown back  and running with passion.  I don’t believe this is just cliche’, just something that happens every once in a while, either, even though SCC is talking about new believers here.

What’s keeping me from running?

Well, the enemy, that’s for sure.

Other people.

Wounds from my past.

Fear and anxiety.

Unbelief.

Anything that I put ahead of God in my life, that disrupts my walk and relationship with Him.  It causes atrophy in my legs.  I can’t run.

Another thought that just creeped into my head:  I stumble occasionally when I run.  Especially if I’m new at running, and learning how.  But that’s OK, too.  God’s there, He’s my Father, and while this isn’t all about running and having fun, it is about running in His paths.  It ain’t like He’s gonna just leave me on the ground when I stumble, right?

Go.

Throw your head back.

Run with passion in His paths today.  Your heart will get free and larger.

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