Muscle Building Law
Verses 28-29 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law.
Having confessed his sins and asked for the Lord to open his eyes to more understanding of the law, the psalmist continues his prayer with a beautiful truth he had found in knowing the law.
The psalmist sees the truth of his life when compared to the law of God and it brings him sorrow to the point of weariness. This is another way we know the law is bringing us to repentance instead of just being sorry that we got caught sinning. It bothers us deep in our soul that we are grieving God. But the psalmist doesn't stay in that grief thinking there is no way out.
The understanding the psalmist had already been given helps him know that he can regain strength from God though His word. He is already seeing how knowing the law is refreshing to the soul and that when he feels weak he needs to look to the law to see where he is off track.
This is one reason we find ourselves worn out in our spiritual lives. We are trying to be good and trying to do all the things we know we should but we are doing it in the strength of works instead of God's strength through the law. It isn't the obeying of the law that brings us strength, it is the understanding of why God made the law (for our good and to bring Him glory) and then obeying it.
It is the psalmist's understanding of this need to obey the law to find its strength that brings him to the next lines in his prayer. When he asks God to keep him from deceitful ways he isn't just asking that God would keep him from lying. No, this man of God knew the danger of thinking it was all his own strength that has him obeying. He didn't want to be deceived with self-righteous thoughts.
It is easy to fall into the trap of feeling we are doing it on our own strength and thereby coming to a point of weariness, but we don't have to stay there. We need to confess our pride and strengthen our spiritual muscles using His word. This is when we will find joy in obedience.
Making It Personal
Do you find doing work for the Lord overwhelming and tiresome? Where are you getting your strength to serve? Is there a sin of self-righteousness you need to confess today?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you get tired when you try to do everything yourself? What rules did Jesus give so that you can know how He wants you to live? Do you understand why He gave them?
Father, thank You for strengthening us through Your Word. Give us an ever growing understanding so we can live lives of joyful obedience. In Jesus' name, amen.