A Bible Devotion from Psalm 119 Vs 33-40
Teach Me, O Lord, To Follow Your Decrees
33. Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees;
then I will keep them to the end.
34. Give me understanding, and I will keep your law
and obey it with all my heart.
35. Direct me in the path of your commands,
for their I find delight.
36. Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.
37. Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word.
38. Fulfill your promise to your servant,
so that you may be feared.
39. Take away the disgrace I dread,
for your laws are good.
40. How I long for your precepts!
Preserve my life in your righteousness.
Psalm 119:33-40, NKJV
We are so helpless apart from the Lord. Like the Psalmist in Psalm 119 Vs 33-40, it is so important that we learn to ask and depend upon God to teach us His decrees and then to follow them. How can we understand God's Word? Again, we must ask Him to help us to understand and obey His law. Sadly, I think many Christians are weak because they depend upon themselves; they think that they have the ability in themselves to be obedient to God.
We are creatures of this world, creatures of sin, and as such are greatly influenced by those all around us to redefine what it means to do good. However, only God can show us the truth of His Word and then give us the ability to obey it. Continually ask Him to help you humble yourself before Him. As a Christian, He is your only Lord and Savior. He alone can turn your eyes away from worthless things and preserve your life according to His Word.
What then are the results for the Christian who turns to God for help? He gives us the grace to be obedient to Him and takes away disgrace. Not the disgrace of the world, but disgrace before God which comes from disobedient hearts and lives. Then, like the Psalmist we will long for God's precepts and will find our lives preserved in His righteousness.
Do you understand that? I don't. Why does He even bother with us? But, praise God, He does. He grants us the true joy in life that can only come from an obedient heart.
Pray that, like the Psalmist in Psalm 119 Vs 33-40, God will give you understanding and then will direct you in the path of obedience to Him and to His laws.
Another Devotion on the 119th Psalm Vs 33-40 from my blog, Daily Bible Devotions.
Teach Me, verses 33-40