Friday, February 1, 2019

Scripture to Meditate On

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;
And I will keep it to the end. Psalm 119.33

What stands out to you from this verse? Take a moment to look at it.

Here's what stands out to me.

First: the way of your statutes. It would make a big difference if the way of was left out. Then, the request is about learning the particular statutes of God. But leaving that phrase in points to something about all of the statutes. There is a way about them. There is a certain way that the statutes look at life. That's what the psalmist wants to learn. And that makes a difference when you realize that there isn't a verse for every issue of life. There are plenty of times when you need to draw conclusions from the way of God's statutes. This is an important skill as we deal with those particulars of life that the Bible does not directly address with a verse.

Here’s the other thing that stands out to me: the word teach. The psalmist could have written something like I want to learn…, but he didn't. The question to ask at this point is, 'What difference does this make?' The difference has to do with who bears the burden. Is it on me and my ability to learn or is it on God and His ability to teach? The psalmist wrote his request in the way that he did because he understood his own limitations, his own weakness. He did not depend on himself and his ability in order to really get what was going on when it came to the way of your statutes. But he understood the power of His God. He knew that His God is the God of grace, grace that could overcome his limitations. And because of that he knew that He is the God who can teach. And that's where he put his hope.