Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. (Psa 119:33-40)
Each portion of Psalm 119 has a particular theme. This portion of the Psalm seems to have as it’s theme as “A Prayer with the End in Mind”.
It is important that we remember, there is an end coming; an end of the current world, an end to our lives, and an end to our opportunities to minister and serve God. At the end, we will give an account as God’s stewards of what we did with the gifts and opportunities He gave us.
It seems to be with that thought in mind that God speaks to us through David to teach us how to pray so we may finish strong. Here are the first four of the eight things we should pray for ourselves in light of “The End”
A Prayer for Education so that I may Keep learning right (vs33)
Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes
We need to as God to help us stay teachable. How sad it is when we come across a Christian that is not teachable. Cannot recognize how little we know and how much more God wants to teach us. We MUST be willing to let God Change us.
Even old dogs can learn new tricks if we love the Mater enough!
If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath. (Mar 4:23-25)
A Prayer for Illumination – that I may keep seeing right (vs34)
Give me understanding,
The meaning of “understanding” is that of discernment. We need the education (teach me) as foundation NOT as a substitution for discernment. The teaching communicates the what, the understanding gives us the why?
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Heb 5:14)
A Prayer for Coercion – that I may go right (vs35)
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments;
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Mat 7:13-14)
Here is a real paradox
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
David asks God to make him do what he delights in! In our spirit we want to do right, but in the flesh is hard. (See Rom 7:14-27)
A Prayer for Inclination – that I would be bent right (vs36)
Incline my heart unto thy testimonies
The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us: That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers. (1Ki 8:57-58)
We should pray God would help up have a “spiritual bent” for the things of God. We ill fall in the direction we are bent!
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