“I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” —Psalm 119:32 NIVWhat does it mean to run? What does it meant to have had your heart set free?
The answer to these questions lies in the nature of the path which David states he runs in. In his letter to the believers in Rome, Paul states, “If there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, ‘You shall love . . .’”(Romans 13:9) Each and every command given us from the God of this universe is based upon one principle and one principle only—Love! (Matthew 22:40) It’s the path of God’s self-abandoning, other-centered, selfless love that David has been set free to run in. Selfless love. Ponder that. How is one set free to live, move, and breathe in the other-centered love of God?
David stated that it was his heart that was set free. This is more than mere mental assent to a list of doctrinal facts. It is more than the submission of the will to a series of behavioral expectations. His heart was set free! Did you catch that? David had an encounter with something lasting, deep, life-altering, and converting that had radically changed him from the inside out! What is it that does this to a person and how do we experience it?
This quite possibly might be the most important question a soul can ask. It is this experience that the Bible calls Salvation. Paul again states, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation.” (Romans 1:16) It’s the gospel! The gospel is what accomplishes in us this change. It’s in the gospel the we truly begin to See. It is in the gospel that we encounter a love from God as our hearts have never tasted. (1 John 4:7,8) Would you like this experience dear reader? Do you, like David, desire for your heart to be set free so that you can run in the wide expanse of the love upon which everything in His kingdom is based? Take some time this week to “turn your eyes upon Jesus,” my friend. Look to the Gospel for it is there that we are able to look into His eyes and catch a glimpse of His imploring gaze.
May the things of this world “grow strangely dim.”
I wish you God’s best this week.