With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments [H4687 – mitsvah]!
In this verse, the Psalmist equates an intimacy with the commandments (“mitsvah”) of the Most High with the utmost desire of his heart.
The heart of David pursues the Father’s commands with everything it has. No other pursuit is worthwhile. No other pursuit satisfies. To align one’s own desires and actions with the desires and actions of the Father should be considered the ultimate treasure . . . the ultimate goal.
Our Messiah achieved that goal. He was that prophet, like Moses, who would speak the Father’s commands.
I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command [H6680 – tsavah] Him.
The Babylonian system that we are currently a part of makes it so easy to lose sight of His commands. Our culture enslaves our eyes and ears with little tidbits of death as we go about our way.
Our churches demand this separation from the commandments, teaching a faulty dispensationalism that defies basic logic and transforms us into nothing but unthinking automatons.
What’s a young warrior to do?
It’s up to us to break the mold, think for ourselves and guard His Way. Like the prior verse says:
How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed [H8104 – shamar] according to Your word.
We have to decide for ourselves to guard [H8104 – shamar] His Way in the midst of a religious system that couldn’t really care less. We rise up in the spirit and power of Elijah with the voice of one crying in the wilderness, crying:
Prepare the way [H1870 – derek] of the LORD; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
And at the same time, we beg for His mercy.
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments [H4687 – mitsvah]!
In saying this, David is not putting the responsibility of his own obedience in God’s hands. David was well aware that he had to choose which path to take in life.
But he was also aware of the “deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:13)
The king of Israel was asking God for the ability to recognize when he was starting to stray from His commands, and for opportunity to repent.
We all need this mercy.
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