He Is Teaching! Are We Listening?

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” Psalm 143.10

I find it interesting that the psalmist would pray, “Teach me to do thy will … ” All of us need to pray that prayer at some time or another. I like this rendering: “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!” The advantage that you and I have over the psalmist is that we have God’s complete revelation to man in the form of His Word. We can look at any time we choose into His Word and read to see what His will is for us. “But,” you say, “sometimes I have a really hard time figuring out what God’s will I for me.” Let me make what sounds like a really simple statement, but it has become profound for me. God will never show you what to do that is not revealed in His Word until you do what He has already shown you to do that is revealed in His Word. Does that sound confusing? Here is what I mean. I have talked to so many believers in my years of ministry who want God to somehow show them what He wants them to do, but when I ask, “Have you been reading His Word?” the answer is, “Well, no!” God’s love letter to you clear about what He wants in your life.

Look at this phrase: “Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!” Level ground does not mean that there are no difficult paths. It means that we are on the path God wants and we trust Him to lead every step. Psalm 119.11says: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” When we listen for the Spirit’s whisper, we can take the right steps as God leads us on level ground. Just my thoughts …


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