66Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
67Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
68Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
(Psalm 119:65-68, King James Version)
Teach Me Good Judgment
What a prayer! Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments. How much pain and grief could we avoid if we consistently walked with the Lord using good judgment and knowledge? How much pain and grief could we avoid if we consistently went to the Lord for help and wisdom rather than choosing to do things our way.
It is important that we understand that, even as Christians, we are so prone to sin and wander away from the Lord, that we need to constantly pray for His wisdom. How often do things seem to be right in our own eyes, but we discover later that we were led astray.
The Psalmist understood that the secret to a successful walk with the Lord is to keep ourselves in His Word continually, praying always that He will keep us from straying from His truth. Paul spoke of the inner turmoil we face as believers, in Romans 7. I know this is a rather long passage, but take a moment to read through these verses as they so accurately portray the daily struggle we face against sin in our own lives.
18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.Let us, like the Psalmist, cling to the Lord Jesus Christ, and seek to spend time daily pouring through His Word. For, how can we keep His Word if we do not know His Word!
19For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:18-25, King James Version)
May you pray today, with the Psalmist, Teach me good judgment!
God Bless You,