For You Have Set My Heart Free

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I spent some time in Psalm 119 over Christmas. If you've ever been there, you know it is long. And yes, I'm still working my way through Psalms . . . a journey I started last summer and thought I would finish before Fall.


Anyway, Psalm 119 is largely about the word of God; how if you follow it, life will be good. Life will be full, life will be the way God intended. Psalm 119 is motivation and reassurance that early mornings by lamplight, with coffee in hand, are worth the sleepy eyes. Here is one of my favorite parts:

I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.
Psalm 119:32

I imagine running through an open field when I read that. Running, because I know where to go, because I am in touch with God. Running, because I am that confident, that sure. Running, because nothing is holding me back. I am free.

Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
Psalm 119:35

To all perfection I see a limit; but your commands are boundless.
Psalm 119:96

Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me. I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.
Psalm 119:175-176

So here is what I have come to: The only way to know those commands, to be that free, is to spend time in God's word. That's what I've been thinking about.

What about you?

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15 Responses to “For You Have Set My Heart Free”

  1. I'm doing the reading the Bible in a year. It's a whole different experience as a believer. :o)

  2. This is a very good reminder. Right now I am reading through the bible for my ministry school. I find it so hard not to just read in order to "check it off my list". I want to hunger for His Word and relish in it like I did when I first got serious about following Him. Thanks for the encouragement - it stirred up some of that hunger!

  3. Psalms are indeed wonderful! I can't read them fast either. They are so full of wisdom and wonder! Thank you! Be richly blessed!

  4. There is so much richness in the Psalms. I could stay there forever.  I can't wait to get there in my Daily Bible readings!

  5. I am always floored as how the Psalms affect me in my Bible Studies.  There is so much wisdom there that always speaks to my heart!

  6. I just bought the Message (never read it before and it was screaming to me since it was just $5.00). Anyway, I'm reading the Psalms, and getting a fresh, new perspecitive. Good, good, good.

  7. I love the psalms. I think it would be quite easy to spend a year plumbing it's depths for a year and then turn around and do it again. :)

  8. I completely agree, Heather. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I haven't read the Message either, but I'd love to. I often look it up online at and I love its bold quality. 

  10. yes friend. i've been realizing this too. also reading psalm 119 and wondering how to become THAT passionate about God's law and word? thank you for this...

  11. AMEN! I have been studying through the Psalms with a group of ladies at church, there is so much there I haven't seen before! Thanks for sharing your insights! (visiting from TPT)

  12. I love that image of running through the open field; confident and free.  How thankful we are that way in Christ.

    I'm visiting from Bonnie's blog and enjoying each post I read about 'delight'.  I was a bit late in publishing mine but better late than never, right?


  13. Beautiful thoughts!! I love this, "The only way to know those commands, to be that free, is to spend time in God's word." Thanks for sharing your beautiful inspiring!

  14. Thanks for your kind comment, Charissa. You just made my morning!

  15. "Free" is a beautiful word. It makes me smile and it's definitely an hour by hour effort of faith to be free in my heart, when the day is very busy with kids and writing.  I love the Message and I read from Psalms to start my day fresh. Even if it's one verse. It's yummy. Thanks, Courtney!