Seek him with your whole heart

Seek the LordAs the season changes to summer, Thursday night bible study takes a break, we want to encourage each you to keep yourself in the word of God, it says in Psalm 119:2. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

Blessed are they that keep His testimonies

As we have learned in Bible study the testimonies refers to the Covenant that was stored in the Ark of the Covenant…. not the Law that was placed outside of the Ark as a testimony against Israel, we read in Deuteronomy 31:26 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee. Because they had broken the covenant. This is very important to understand because when Jesus came to establish the New Covenant as it says in Jeremiah 31:31-33 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. We also read in Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: this is the very foundation of the gospel, covenant is how God choose as an instrument to build a relationship with us. The ark is symbolic of the heart that’s why Jesus said he will write it in our heart. Because the ark in you; Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? As we study the Word we see why Paul says we are free from the law. Galatians 3:24-25 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.  But don’t fooled the covenant is written on your heart and the price that was paid was Jesus death on the cross. The Law was a schoolmaster and it should be studied to teach us what the spiritual world is all about learning the difference between covenant v’s Levitical as you learn the difference you will find the freedom that was already won for you on the cross.

Seek him with your whole heart

What does it mean to seek Him?  In Psalm 119:2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. The Hebrew word for seek is darash Strong’s H1875 it is also referred to in Jewish hermeneutics as a midrash meaning to “inquire” (“seek”) in other words God Hides Himself so you can seek Him and inquire of Him through his Word. Jesus makes us a promise in Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: also in Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. The word early can also be interpreted as diligently seeking Him… this should give each of us the blessed assurance that WE WILL FIND HIM.

We encourage you over the next few months to pick up His word, take the lessons that we have learned, get to know the covenant, and seek Jesus your savoir and messiah with all your heart seeing that he will reveal Himself to you in a new and wonderful way.

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5 thoughts on “Seek him with your whole heart”

  1. It’s interesting how you marked in bold in reference to the Covenant “this is the very foundation of the gospel”. Our Foundation will always be at the core of who we are. Going through life without reflecting on our foundation handicaps our ability to navigate the challenges of life or truly bathe in the complete fullness of pure love. It was Thomas Paine who said “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” We believe the same is true for the Christian, those who expect to reap the blessings of divine love must endure the challenges of supporting and cultivating it.

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  2. It’s unfortunate that you would quote a deist such as Thomas Paine. Paine was a Propagandist who argued against Christianity as well as organized religion he believed in reason, when he died only six people came to his funeral because of his ridicule of Christianity. The foundation that we wrote about is the Covenant that came by divine intervention by God Himself, This covenant was made with Abram, ratified at mount Sinai, and it was broken less 40 days later, then Jesus brought the new covenant at the last supper, ratified it with His own Blood on the Cross.
    I would say that those who expect to reap the blessings of divine love must except the New Covenant that was ratified at the Cross…. Salvation a free gift we are saved by grace through faith not of ourselves it is a gift of God, Paine as far as I can tell never understood this because he thought you could earn it and think it through with no divine help. this is where our society is today and because of this has not experienced the Love and blessing that only Jesus can offer… I challenge you to check it out, Be Blessed My brother …… it’s nice to midrash with you ! 🙂

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  3. Thank you for your comment. We know of Paine’s history but feel the quote is accurate for the point we were making. We acknowledge and support all you wrote about the New Covenant. We also believe the dialog we share is in fact supporting and cultivating the message of the gospel supporting our use of Paine’s quote. Although the history is written on his life, we recognize that we will encounter people that dismiss the divine and depend on their own reason. It is on those occasions that seeking prayerful guidance and reflecting on what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 may provide some assistance on how we engage those we encounter.

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  4. As we enjoy summer we have gone back and reread some of the previous postings. One of the things this article on Seek Him With Your Whole Heart made us think of a question, did you ever wonder why it isn’t written simply as ‘heart’ instead of ‘whole heart’. We at times allow ourselves to be burdened by things that limit our ability to seek or serve with our ‘whole heart’. We read in Acts 13:22 that David was a man after God’s own heart. You see such passion in David’s worship and service of the Lord. With that we learn from David that our inability to get free of sin will certainly impede access to our whole heart. David’s ability for repentance and forgiveness was necessary with his relationship with God. In Psalm 51 we read of an acknowledgement of transgression and recognition of the necessity for forgiveness. This is what it takes to allow access to our ‘whole heart’ – Hebrews 10:22. Jesus provides us an example in Luke 23:34 of asking for forgiveness even when those who committed wrongdoing were not seeking it themselves. There is so much more to this but let us remind ourselves that when we feel we have been wronged by another our ability to forgive may be impeded by our desire to see justice. Let us all be comforted by releasing this desire to see justice by what we read in Hebrews 10:30. May all our Prayer, Meditation, Worship & Service be with our whole heart.

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