“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, and who seek Him with all their heart.” — Psalms 119:2 MEV
“This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” — John 17:3 MEV
I think these passages are saying the same thing: happy are we when we actually know Jesus, the Living Word of God.
The first says “keep his testimonies” — but Jesus is, Himself, the “testimony” of God. John 1 calls him “the Word,” and Jesus speaks of the “New Testament” in his own blood. He is God’s testimony … and what does he testify to? Love. Love that placed him on the cross, giving his own life, to save ours.
When I came to the end of my hopes, dreams and resources, I was forced to seek God with all my heart, as the first verse says — because if he wasn’t there and able to help, then there was nothing left for me.
Note that Jesus, in the second passage, says “that they may know You,” not “that they may know about You” in his prayer. I knew a lot about God from all my time in church and all my Bible study … but when the bottom dropped out of my plans for my life, I found that knowing about God was useless.
And what I discovered, when I began to seek him with all my heart (because I had nothing else left), was
- that I could know him and hear his voice,
- that a lot of what I had been taught about him wasn’t even right,
- that he loved me, and had always loved me, in an overwhelming and life-transforming way that I had never known before,
- and that receiving that love was the beginning of resurrection.
He is there; he can be found, and known, when we seek him with all our heart … and when we do, we are blessed beyond measure.