Bible Ballistics: BBs #329 Teach Me O Lord???
“Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy judgments.” Psalm 119:108
“Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.” Psalm 119:12
“Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.” Psalm 25:4
“Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.” Psalm 86:11
One of the themes throughout the book of Psalms is teaching and learning. And while we can call upon The Lord to teach us, to inform, direct and make wise our hearts, it is an undeniable principle that their must be a willing learner on the asking side of the equation! Just like our own children whom we attempt to “teach” some task or skill, yet there is often an absence of attention, mind and/or desire to learn the subject of our encounter; we must be a willing learner when we seek and request the help of God.
We need to remember the words of Jesus, as He told His disciples about the principles of true prayer, and understand that the focus of our request/prayer must be on God’s will, intent, and purposes rather than our own. “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”! I invite you join me in asking God to redirect our hearts and minds to HIS ways, to HIS times, to HIS desires, to HIS purposes, to HIS timeless principles of single-minded, and devoted love, holiness, mercy and grace, which only God can truly impart!
Oh Lord, please hear our prayer. Please “unite my heart” to Yours, and teach me the discipline of “making” YOU first in my life and in my day; the strength to “withstand in the evil day” as I suit up in YOUR armor; the humility to face my own sin and shortcomings and seek Your face in repentance, asking for Your forgiveness, cleansing and the revival of my love and devotion toward YOU! May we, as YOUR children, forsake the self-life for the self-less life of pure devotion? May we be willing learners, even when the lessons are inconvenient and difficult for our ears to hear, and our hearts to yield to?
O Lord, teach me YOUR ways!
O Lord, refine my heart by YOUR fire!
O Lord, renew righteous hunger in my soul!
O Lord, I humbly and truly shout with the Psalmist this morning:
“Create in me a clean heart,
and renew a right spirit
11 Cast me not away
from thy presence;
and take not thy holy spirit
from me.” Psalm 51:10-11
I pray this word will draw each of us into HIS presence this morning—for HIS glory and that we would be a truer and more holy reflection of JESUS to the world around us.
Amen and Amen