Teach me your decrees, O Lord; I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart. Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. Give me an eagerness for you laws rather than a love for money! Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. Reassure me of your promise, made to those who fear you. Help me abandon my shameful ways; for your regulations are good. I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness.
Psalm 119:33-40 (NLT)
I have trouble following Jesus’ example. How about you?
Sometimes we don’t feel kind, can’t find the energy to volunteer, prefer to relax with our favorite show than call a struggling friend, don’t remember to pray, and skip Sunday services. I know. It’s hard to keep God at the center of life. We’re pulled in so many different directions.
I have good news! God knows.
He knows we aren’t capable of making Him our center on our own. God initiates the relationship when we express interest.
What I noticed in this psalm is that the writer doesn’t promise to follow God by using self-discipline. He asks God to change his heart and reset his priorities, to give him the desire and understanding, to turn his eyes and direct his feet. I imagine God is just waiting for us to ask.
Let’s release our feelings of failure and admit our inability to be self-disciplined followers without God’s help. You may want to reread the scripture slowly, as a personal prayer.
Help me, God! Make me eager to follow your way.
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