Seeking, knowing, loving and obeying God is a process. The Christian life is not an arrival, it’s a pursuit.
- Oh, that my [I wish my] ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! This is a simple prayer from the heart of David that he would apply the truth of God’s Word to his own heart that his ways, or his conduct and habitual way of life would be established or steadfast in obedience. Charles Bridges said this: The Lord has indeed commanded us to keep his precepts, but alas, where is our power? Satan would make the sense of our weakness an excuse for indolence. The Spirit of God convinces us of it, as an indictment to prayer, and an exercise of faith. We might as soon create a world, as create in our hearts one pulse of spiritual life. Romans 8:7-11– How does the Spirit give life to us? What did Jesus tell the disciples the work of the Spirit would be about? John 16:13 Truth! John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth, your Word is truth! God does this in us through His Word, and if you don’t desire His Word, ask Him in simple faith, like David does here, to give you a desire for his Word and he will do it! How do I know He will do it? Because the Word of God is the means by which the people of God Glorify God, it always has been, it always will be, and when we tell God that we want to get with the plan, he will answer that kind of prayer.
- Then I shall not be put to shame [ashamed], having my eyes fixed [looking with respect] on all your commands. The result of a heart that has been obedient is gladness and happiness, not shame. Spurgeon says: “Mind that word “all”. Bridges said, “Saul killed all the Amalekites but one, and it was for that one that God took the kingdom from his hand.”
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)