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Vulnerable with God

Psalm 119:65-72

Verses 65-66 Do good to Your servant according to Your word, Lord. Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust Your commands.

Today we reach the ninth stanza of this prayerful hymn about the Word of the Lord. The psalmist now returns to asking God for help in learning His law.

This request for God to be good to His servant according to His Word may seem like a strange plea. It is as if the song writer is asking God to bless him through the correction from the law. A strange but beautiful concept. It is proof that the psalmist loved God and loved the law. It does give us something to think about. It should cause us to look at our own view of the law and our willingness to be corrected when we step aside from His law.

We talked yesterday about the importance of being vulnerable with each other so that we can help each other live according to the law, but are we vulnerable with God? It is easy to think that we are open with God of our feelings about our sins but just how open are we? Maybe some of our struggle about being vulnerable to God about our sins comes from the fact that we aren’t always honest with ourselves about the sin that lingers in our life and heart.

The psalmist follows this plea with a request that he knows the Lord will answer. He asks the Lord to teach him knowledge and good judgment that comes from the law. So not only is he wanting to learn the law, he wants to know it in his heart where it can develop as knowledge and wisdom allowing him to know not only right from wrong but to know almost right and almost wrong.

It is the almost right that can put us in a position to take the dangerous step that will put us on the slippery path of disobedience. This man of song knew that he needed God’s help in gaining the knowledge needed to obey the law, to obey it from the heart. It isn’t easy to obey the law for the sake of obeying the law but it is even harder to obey from the heart. It isn’t about knowing the law and doing it, it is about knowing the reason for the law and obeying it because of our love of the Giver and His law.

Making It Personal

Have you ever asked God to correct you of your sin? What is something in your life that you are not readily vulnerable with God about? Do you desire a heart knowledge of the law or are you satisfied with a head knowledge?

Making It Personal Kids

Have you ever asked Jesus to correct you of your sin? What is something in your life that you are afraid to tell Jesus about? Do you want to know why Jesus made His rules?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for lovingly correcting us. Help us want to know Your heart through the law. Give us hearts to obey Your law out of love for You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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