Scripture: Psalm 119:25-32
I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word.
I gave an account of my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees.
Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.
My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law.
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.
I hold fast to your statutes, Lord; do not let me be put to shame.
I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.
Seems like a bit of a different theme today. The author is asking God over and over for understanding, to teach him, to strengthen him. Really like verse 27, “cause me to understand the way of your precepts…” What a great reminder of how we should be approaching scripture. How often do I read without asking for God to give me understanding first? And I see meditating on the word comes up again here.
The author then tells us he has “chosen” the way of faithfulness. He has set it in his heart to follow God, and this must be his motivation for asking for knowledge and understanding. Following God must be a choice I make everyday.
My take away today if very simple, but powerful. Always remember to ask God for understanding always before reading scripture. Seems so obvious, but so often neglected. Also, maybe I should vocalize my choice to God each day in prayer my choice to follow Him. I really like this idea
Lord I thank you that you have set my heart free. God I do choose to follow you this day. I ask for understanding of your Word and of your ways. I ask you strengthen me and help me hold fast to your statutes, that I will not be but to shame. Thank you so much for what you have done for me, and for your Word and Holy Spirit that you gave to teach and guide me. Praise your name today, in the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.