Psalms of Honesty and Truth
“Teacher, teacher!”, I shouted, as my hand shot up in the air in class one day. As a quiet little girl, I even surprised myself. I had the answer to her question and even had another question to ask to go deeper into the topic at hand. Driven by my admiration for this teacher, I laid down my shyness and spoke boldly so she would look my way. I believed in her because she believed in me. We had developed a great relationship.
From that moment on, I began to be “that kid” who always had a raised hand to ask a question or offer a comment because of my desire to learn. This continued in life as a teacher and followed into a master’s program in learning to be a leader of teachers. There was a time a professor was teaching us best practices to lead a group of people to accomplish the goals of the organization. It so intrigued me.
Being a “church leader” along with being a teacher, my hand shot up in the air once more. I was so focused on the topic and what the prof had to say that it was as if no one else was in the room. The prof even felt it. My revealing questions and comments began with almost shouting out…”This could work in the church!” Fortunately my prof was a believer, who dove into my comments readily. What a miracle of learning that afternoon at a state run University! I was keenly focused on the teacher and the words. Mm.
When we love God personally, we want him to kindly look our way, to teach us, to notice our desire to obey His commands as the Psalmist says in our next passage. HIS Words are “miracle words” that help us obey well and love Him more and more as we learn about Him. His Words of promise steady our steps in living the Word like toddlers learning to walk. The more we know God, His Word and His Holy Spirit also break our hearts for those who do not love Him and love to obey His Word. So, we pray for them, love them and jump at opportunities to tell God’s story.
Psalm 119:129-136, The Message
Every word you give me is a miracle word—
how could I help but obey?
Break open your words, let the light shine out,
let ordinary people see the meaning.
Mouth open and panting,
I wanted your commands more than anything.
Turn my way, look kindly on me,
as you always do to those who personally love you.
Steady my steps with your Word of promise
so nothing malign gets the better of me.
Rescue me from the grip of bad men and women
so I can live life your way.
Smile on me, your servant;
teach me the right way to live.
I cry rivers of tears
because nobody’s living by your book!
Yes, Teacher! “smile on me, your servant; teach me the right way to live.”
In Jesus Name, Amen.