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With my whole heart have I sought thee:
O let me not wander from thy commandments.
~ Psalm 119:10
With my whole heart have I sought thee
The Psalmist makes personal application of the truth stated in the previous verse. He had previously stated that such seekers are blessed (Psalm 119:2), but now he applies himself to the task. An undivided heart is essential in seeking God. Anything less is idolatry. Jesus said it is the “first and great commandment” (Matthew 22:38) to “love the Lord they God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37).
O let me not wander from thy commandments
The second part of the verse is a plea in prayer to God. There are many such pleas in this Psalm. This cry reveals to us the ground of the Psalmist confidence. He is not trusting in himself nor his own heart for he knows it is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). This prayer comes from one who knows he is “kept by the power of God through faith” (1 Peter 1:5).
There is profitable instruction here for the wise man who will heed it. Our hearts are prone to wander. The appropriate response is not to try harder. It is to cry out to God to bind our wandering hearts to Him.