I seek You with all my heart. Psalm 119:10
What does that really look like? I want to but I don't know how. I already read the bible everyday but I'm not seeing any changes.
Honestly, I've thought all those things. I've read over and over the phrase 'seek Him with all your heart' and I always 'mmm' in agreement, but never really take a minute to ponder what kind of action it would take to truly do it.
I seek You with all my heart.
The message and the amplified translations of that phrase uncover a lot about how to accomplish this simple yet complicated task.
I'm single-minded in pursuit of You. (MSG)
Seek, Inquire for and of Him and crave Him with the whole heart. (AMP)
When you read through Psalm 119 there are countless mentions of how precious God's law/precepts/decrees/word was to the author. Why is that? and how come we don't have that same addiction simply because it's the Word of God? I think the answer is in verse 10.
I seek you with all my heart.
Being in pursuit of something is a conscious decided action.
Yes, I believe that God opens our eyes to see wonderful things in His law, (Psalm 119:18) but I'm specifically addressing what comes after that. We know that God is good and what He does is good, (verse 68) therefore we want to study the instructions he gave us, right?
If we have that God given desire to know Him more, then try to approach your personal time studying God's word with this heart posture.
"Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways." -Psalm 119:33-37
Then, to seal the deal…
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. (verse 15)
I have found that when I have a beautiful, rich, much needed time studying I tend to be drawn to very mindless things throughout the day, when I should be doing the exact opposite. We need to allow time for what we read to sink in and actually affect our thoughts and actions and words.
I think that spending time pondering the miracle wonders of God is just as vital of a step to seeking God with all your heart as having a posture of humble desire while you're reading.
Meditating and memorizing is what really makes the change.
"I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You." (verse 11)
I know its simple but I think trying to spending more time thinking throughout the day about what God is revealing to you makes profound changes in not just your mind, but your heart.
lastly, this is not something that will change overnight. Living a life of steady single minded pursuit of our creator takes the daily practice of obeying.
"This has been my practice: I obey Your precepts." (verse 56)
I pray that this helps inspire you to truly seek Him with more zeal, passion, and delight.