A musical instrument played properly can produce pleasing music, and, if obtained as a gift, calls for words of thanks unto the giver. But that gift will serve no good pur-pose until the one who receives it is taught how to play it. Likewise God’s word, which is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path, is a rich gift; but God must teach us what that which we read therein means, and what it calls us to do.
Therefore we find the psalmist praying in Psalm 119:108, “Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offering of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy judgments.” He had al¬ready in the preceding verse written, “I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy word.”
Plainly his prayer is urgent because he was finding it difficult to keep his vow of walking in God’s righteous judgments. He speaks of being greatly afflicted by un-believers. And the temptation is always there to cease keeping God’s statutes in order to escape this affliction. We need to be quickened, that is, revived to more earnest and open keeping of God’s judgments. These we need to be taught more fully.
We may know and even be able to quote from memory God’s law. We may even, as the psalmist did, praise and thank God for giving us His word. We may know many warnings and exhortations in the Bible. But we need to be taught in trying circumstances how to walk. We must by our deeds, not simply our mouths, say that His statutes are good.
Make this your prayer and sing these words:
In my distress I plead with Thee,
Send help according to Thy word;
Accept my sacrifice of praise
And make me know Thy judgments, Lord.
Read God’s word, but study it as well. And by all means pray God that He will teach you how to walk in love to Him no matter what the circumstances in which you find yourself are. Especially when you are being ridiculed and mocked by the world, pray for grace to know how to continue walking in love to God.
Read: Psalm 25
Psalter versification: 334:2
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.