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Drop the Attitude


Psalm 119:33-40

Verse 33 Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.


Today we start the fifth stanza of this special psalm. The psalmist is continuing his prayer asking God for guidance in knowing His Word.


We talked yesterday about the path of the law and today the psalmist is asking God to help Him learn the way of the path. Notice that he asks that the Lord teach him the ways of decrees, not just the decrees but the ways of them. This is helping us remember that it isn’t just about keeping the law but the way we keep it.


Knowing how to act and wanting to act that way are two very different things. We all know the attitude of a child that is reluctantly obeying. The grumbling and mumbling make it obvious that they aren’t happy doing what they have been told to do, but they are doing it. Another way it may be obvious is the manner in which it is done. There may be the slamming of doors or things as they go about the unwanted task.


The same attitude can be seen in us sometimes in regards to the Law of God. We know we are to obey but it isn’t always something that we want to do. We may obey but it is with mumbling and complaining. The more we think about having to do it the more we think about what we would rather be doing. We see others around us that are not keeping the law and we wonder why we have to.


We must learn from the example of a child who obeys with joy because of the joy they see it brings their mom and dad. They love seeing the smiles their obedience bring and become excited to look for more ways to obey, They come to love obeying and therefore come to love the rules that they have to obey. But it took knowing the joy it brought the parents.


This same should be said of us. The fact that it brings God joy when His children obey should be enough for us to desire to obey without doing it reluctantly. We should be able to say with the psalmist, “Teach me Your decrees Lord. Help me follow them to the end.” Doing it once wasn’t good enough, he wanted to follow for as long as he lived. We should want to do the same.


Making It Personal

What is your attitude about obeying? What needs to change in your heart to bring you to joyous obedience? What are you going to joyfully obey Him about today?


Making It Personal Kids

Do you always obey mom and dad with a happy attitude? Why is it sometimes hard to obey with a happy heart? Do you obey Jesus with a happy heart?


Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for reminding us that our attitude of obedience is an important part of living for You. Help us look to You and teach us to know Your ways so we can follow them to the end. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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