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.
We have all heard it said from people we witness to, I just don't understand the Bible. I know we have said it ourselves as well, but hey, I was trying to give us a break. But there are no days off here, there are no vacations, there are no shut downs it is a twenty four seven tell it like it is. So here goes the truth as revealed in the Word of God. The obvious question regarding our Bible confusion is do we know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior? Is the Holy Spirit living inside of you enabling you to understand what you read? If the answer is yes, Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, then the next question is who is teaching you? Who are you asking to teach you the scriptures and what are your prayers regarding God's Holy Word? Finally, what is your commitment going into your Bible study, Are you there to negotiate or to walk in obedience? David asks God in Psalm 119 verse 33 to teach him His statues. David then declares that he will keep them to the end. So I think this is a major factor in our study of the scripture. First of all what is our intent? Are we studying God's Word so we can keep His commandments? Are we confused by what we don't want to do, yet crystal clear about what we want to do. You see, I think this is where a great deal of our confusion slides into our understanding of the Bible. We tend to get all confused and just can't understand when the words we read clash with our own desires. However, the realty of this situation is we should should be seeing in high definition when this takes place. We should expect God's Word to put us in conflict. However we should long before we begin to study God's Word purpose it in our heart's that we will do what He reveals and thus the conflict is minimized...I surrender. David goes on to ask God to give him understanding v34, he then commits to keep the law with his whole heart. David in verse 35 asks God to make him walk in his commandments this is a pretty bold request when you really sit down and think about it. He then declares that He will delight in such a walk of obedience. David goes on to request that God will incline his heart to God's testimonies, to turn away his eyes from worthless things, David then pleads with God to revive him to His precepts and judgments. The bottom line is David prayed for understanding with a mindset that He would surrender to God's way. David was not negotiating with God regarding obedience. He was praying for understanding committed to doing what was revealed. When you run the play today don't negotiate your way through your assignment. Do it with your whole heart. Run the play exactly how you are instructed and watch the beauty of your relationship with Christ Jesus unfold.
Reaching for Him,
Brother Big Daddy