Asking God to do what needs to be done in our lives

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Psalm 119

33   Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes,

And I shall keep it to the end.

34   Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law;

Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

35   Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,

For I delight in it.

36   Incline my heart to Your testimonies,

And not to covetousness.

37   Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,

And revive me in Your way.

38   Establish Your word to Your servant,

Who is devoted to fearing You.

39   Turn away my reproach which I dread,

For Your judgments are good.

40   Behold, I long for Your precepts;

Revive me in Your righteousness.

In this section, the action words jump out at me because the writer is asking God to do all of the action.  Notice the words, ‘teach me,’ ‘give me understanding,’ ‘make me walk,’ ‘incline my heart,’ ‘turn away my eyes,’ ‘establish your word,’ ‘turn away my reproach,’ and ‘revive me in your righteousness.’  Every verse asks God to do something.

Are you weary of trying to make the Christian life work for you?  It appears the Psalmist was to.  So instead of throwing in the towel, he went to the Coach and said, “You need to do all of this for me.”  Bear with this thought.  We need God to do these actions in our lives; we try and try and fail and fail.

Do take a moment in verse 37.  I fear I have spent too much time in my life looking at worthless things instead of being revived, made healthy and alive, in God’s way.  So I pray today that God will make clear to me those worthless things that I need to turn away from and then cause me to turn away from them.  How many worthless things on TV have I watched?  How many worthless websites have I visited?  How many worthless shopping trips have I gone on?  How many worthless possibilities have I given my attention to?

My prayer today is that God will deliver me from worthless things.  What is your prayer from this paragraph?

Once again I thank Brent Sivnksty for his clear presentation of the God’s word. If you missed last night you really need to watch this one on our church website.  I will get it up later today.  (Sunday’s messages are up now.) 

Last night, Brent was more personal than he ever has been before. He took us to Psalm 61 and told us about the Psalmists grief and pain.  The Psalmist did not know where to go nor how to get there but he cried out to God who alone could help him. Brent told us of their struggle with Becky’s health and with tears told us of his struggles and how he had to go to God as the only One who could give them strength when they had none of their own.  Afterward we, as a church, gathered around them, laid hands on them and prayed for them to know God’ s healing and God’s grace.  It was a service that none of us will forget and I trust one that God will use to turn the tide for Brent and Becky. 

I do have a service at Sunrise Assisted Living today and will gladly accept prayer for God to use me in it to bring spiritual encouragement to those who come.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

 

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