Morning devotion: Read Psalm 119

Psalms 119:145  ¶KOPH. I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes. 146  I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.

This whole stanza of KOPH is one of reflection of David’s prayer. The urgency of which David prayed is revealing to us and our prayer life. How is your

prayer life? How urgent and demanding are your prayers?

Crying with the whole heart is not a prayer like most pray today. Most of the time people pray simple light prayers that mean little for they do not come from the heart, let alone with the whole heart. People pray recited prayers from rote rather than with the heart.

“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep;” is the prayer most pray. It is memorized and can be said with no heart at all.

Matthew 6:7  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

No, my friend, David’s prayer was much different. He prayed with his heart. He prayed in earnest; he prayed from the nadirs of his heart, deep down inside. He cried!

“I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.  I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.”

David cried “save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies” to the Lord God of heaven.

I remember a young military man praying that same prayer while out in the middle of a dark night with enemy soldiers approaching. He prayed “save me and I will follow you.” God did save that young man. God showed him salvation. Then he prayed again Jesus would save him and He did. Today, he is saved. That prayer was from the heart. It wasn’t the prayer that saved him, it was the Lord who saw into his heart.

Let me give you an example: Romans 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

In the above passage, it is the heart that believes unto righteousness, the prayer is simply telling God what the heart needs and a believes. The prayer is telling God what is going on in the heart.

David prayed with the whole heart; he prayed for salvation and a walk with God in God’s word.

There are so many people who claim to be saved through a prayer and never walk with God. Prayer does not save you; it is the Lord who saves upon hearing the request and looking upon the heart. (Read Luke 18:9-14)

That is why so many people live outside of God’s will, they just prayed a meaningless prayer which did nothing for them, because God saw their heart.

My friend, Jesus wants to save you; He wants to give you eternal life. Would you see the need? Would you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ with your whole heart? Would you cry to God with your whole heart and be saved?

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook