Psalm 119:7: “I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.”

Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” is one of the most replicated religious paintings of all time. The image of the near-touching hands of God and Adam has become iconic of humanity, probably because of the fascination of God and Adam intersecting. On that note, I like to call the book of Psalms the human-divine intersect. The psalms openly express how people feel about God. The joys and pains of their relationship with the Lord are all spilled out there.

Entertaining friendship with God, the Creator of the universe, is no minor thing. It’s everything. However, everybody can see that this relationship, this intersect has got to have its challenges. God is God and we are not. There is a natural home advantage: God who created us knows us like no other. The same can’t be said about us. We cannot know Him the same way He knows us. We did not create God, He created us. He will always know us better than we know Him. However, that does not mean we won’t get to know Him. If we want to, we will. He loves us – He wants us to find Him. The door is wide open.

There was a time in my life when all I would read was the book of Psalms. I did not discard the rest of the Bible, but I felt the heart of its message was hidden in the prayers of believers who preceded me. As human beings we struggle making sense of this life on earth. First thing we notice, we are not able to change ourselves. I believe this is the most frustrating thing we face in our lifetime. We may have tried to better ourselves by rolling up our sleeves and trying to be on our best behavior. Nine times out of ten, if we make a concerted effort in the moral department, we make two steps forward and one back – sometimes two, sometimes three steps back even. And backsliding has a very demoralizing effect on us.

King David’s Psalm 119 specifically mentions, by learning God’s righteous laws we praise Him with an upright heart. This goes to show that God changes our heart, and I truly believe only God can do that. That is why giving our heart to the Lord is the most powerful thing we can do for ourselves.

The Lord is incredibly devoted to His creation, and nothing seems to make Him happier than to mingle with us. He delights in us. Hanging out with Him, we learn who God is. And learning who He is profoundly changes us. We learn to be the best version of ourselves by getting to know our Creator, and we will fall in love with the Lord the more we draw near Him.

Intersecting with the Lord is living life in its fullness. Loving life is loving God.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
” – Austin Miles

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