Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
We can daily look at our lives and only see a small part of a much larger picture. There is a danger in that if we dwell too long. We find ourselves caught up in the moment, focusing on things that will not be of any importance in a few days, months or years. Our heads are turned easily from the bigger picture of what God has designed for our lives.
The writer of Psalms 119 is looking for the bigger picture of life with God as His Master and wants to learn all God has to teach him about living a life of obedience. TEACH ME is the theme of our next portion of this wonderful prayer for wisdom, insight and understanding for seeing life enlarged.
Psalm 119, The Message
33-40 God, teach me lessons for living
so I can stay the course.
Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—my whole life one long, obedient response.
Guide me down the road of your commandments;
I love traveling this freeway!
Give me a bent for your words of wisdom,
and not for piling up loot.
Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets,
invigorate me on the pilgrim way.
Affirm your promises to me—
promises made to all who fear you.
Deflect the harsh words of my critics—
but what you say is always so good.
See how hungry I am for your counsel;
preserve my life through your righteous ways!
FROM THE HEART…
Look at all the directives the writer is asking of God; Teach me, Give me insight, Guide me, Give me wisdom, Divert my eyes, Invigorate me, Affirm your promises, Deflect what others say, and finally, SEE how much I want You, Lord.
Wow! What if we prayed similar words daily?
How would it affect our lives?
The writer previously asked God to open his eyes to see more and understand more. We can pray for God to take off the blinders that hinder our understanding and even our relationships so we can focus on God, so we may obey and follow God where God leads, and enjoy the trip more readily.
Do we pray, asking God to open our eyes to the bigger picture of Who He is with what He has waiting for us to see and understand?
How can we pray for wisdom (skills for living)?
What words can we use?
Do we pray for God’s wisdom and insight just to get us out of our present trouble? OR do we ask God to teach us skills of wisdom that might keep us out of trouble in the first place? Mm, just a thought. Maybe THAT is the bigger picture?
LET’S GO A BIT DEEPER…
Grand opportunities are missed if we refuse to think and behave like Jesus taught, looking to God for all HE thinks and wants for our lives. Here are but a few examples of what Jesus said and how HE lived, ALWAYS focused on the bigger picture:
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me.” John 6:38
“I can do nothing by Myself; I judge only as I hear. And My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 5:30
“So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” John 5:19
Aren’t we glad JESUS focused on the bigger picture or mission of life eternal for all who believed in Him?
Yes, there is so much more to learn…at every age and stage of life here. There’s more to following in God’s ways and it has a lot to do with seeking, finding and following Jesus who is also God.
God says it all depends on our hearts. Where are our hearts? Hearts repentant and humbled, ready to receive all that God has for them are invigorated hearts that are “bent for His words of wisdom.”
Is my heart bent toward God and am I teachable?
What is your heart focus, where is your mind wandering and how full is your soul…on the small things of this monetary life or on the bigger picture of life with God forever?
Need help? The Holy Spirit, also part of God, is waiting to guide us to think higher, greater, with more insight and understand. Ask, seek and you will find, says Jesus. I believe Him for I have asked and have received his help many times. I will keep asking for there are many things in this world that I just don’t understand. The Holy Spirit guides me back to the bigger picture every time. The key is to stop, be still, let go and listen.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Hallowed be Your Name. May Your Kingdom come and reign in my heart. May Your will be done on earth in every detail in my life as it is in heaven. Open my eyes to watch You at work and praise You for it. Invigorate my heart as you teach me Your ways and help me to see the bigger picture of life as You see it. Keep me focused, flexible, and determined to live life on your terms. I am hungry for your counsel. I’m yours. I’m listening. Teach me.
In Jesus Name, Amen