I Will Run

psalm 119-32

What does it mean for God to enlarge your heart? The Hebrew word for “enlarge my heart” here is “rachab” meaning “to make large; to open one’s heart to instruction; to be spacious; wide; spoken of meadows; a heart that’s expanded with joy; to make room for Him; to expand borders…”

I asked my fifth and sixth graders what they thought it meant yesterday. “It’s like when the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes after he learned the true meaning of Christmas.” Then we had a great discussion about the things that cause our hearts to “expand with joy”. “When I hold a kitten…when I score a goal…when I forgive someone or when I feel forgiven…” What makes you feel like your heart is “enlarged” or expanded?

VV (Vanessa’s version) = When I open my heart to Your instruction, and make room in my life for You, You will expand my borders (my sphere of influence) and I will run free, like in a wide open meadow. And I will finish MY race with joy.

In the film “Chariots of Fire”, Eric Liddell said, “When I run, I feel God’s pleasure.” Fill in the blank for you: “When I _______________________, I feel God’s pleasure.” This is what expands our hearts too. Proverbs 18:16 says “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.” In other words, when you make room for God and His instruction, He will cause you to walk in your God-given purpose and give you supernatural favor.

Secretariat was a triple crown winning race horse that broke records and inspired the film “Secretariat.” After Secretariat’s death, they did a necropsy to examine what made him different. They found that his heart was literally almost three times the size of a normal horse’s heart. God enlarged his heart and he won race after race.

Father, I pray for grace to run the race set before me and to finish with JOY. Help me make room for You and your instruction. Enlarge my heart so I can run.

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