Success in the Christian life begins with our being willing to be willing. It is our willingness, our innermost desire, to want to know God, understand Him and do His will that makes the difference in who we become, what we live for, and give our lives to.
David set the example and gives us an excellent program for being willing to be willing to become a “man after God’s own heart.” He asked God to “Teach me how to live, O Lord, (and) Lead me along right paths.” This short, simple, and specific prayer expose David’s desire: to know God and to make Him known.
When he asked God to “teach” him, David was pleading for God to guide him. This prayer did not arise out of a need to confess his sins. It came from a deep desire to have an intimate relationship with God – to experience Him as a friend and confidant. David was well aware of the fact that if he did not allow God to be his teacher, he would not enjoy God’s protection and would not be “led along right paths.” And if he did not travel on “right paths,” he certainly could not make God known to those seeking Him.
David, in this verse, also prays for “victory over his enemies” who were waiting to destroy him. David knew that if God was with him no force was powerful enough to harm him or hurt him. Regardless of who the enemy might be, those who believe in God have nothing to fear. No one or nothing can undo the work or wisdom of God. What He has done for us gives us confidence that He will be with us to withstand any attack.
Prayer: Give us Your assurance, Lord, that as we know You and do Your way, You will always guard us. Increase our faith to overcome our doubts. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me. Psalm 27:11
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