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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Make Me

Today's Verse:

Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. ~Psalm 119:35

 

True humility is rarely seen.We live in a world that emphasizes self-promotion. Paul said that in the last days, men shall be lovers of their own selves. Every Christian battles with the sin of pride. We think we are better than we really are. We think we are smarter than we really are. We think we are wiser than we really are. We think we are more deserving of praise, honor, and recognition than we really are. In our pride, we resist conformity. We resist changing even when it is for our good. Our devotion is about a humble man. This is the kind of man that God truly delights in. This morning, we are challenged to have a heart like the humble man in Psalm 119:33-40.

 

We see this man in his desire.

In each of the verses of this section, this man was asking God to draw him closer to God through God's Word. It is a prayer that is seldom heard among Christians, but it is a prayer that we definitely need to make our own. He asked, “teach me”, “give me”, “make me”, “incline me”, “turn me”, “stablish me”, “quicken me”. In each verse, he was asking God to bring him closer to God. What would happen to our lives if we spent an entire hour praying something like this? A prayer like this indicates teachableness. A prayer like this asks God to change him. He was acknowledging his inadequacy and complete dependence upon God to develop him spiritually.

 

We see this man and his devotion.

This man had a powerful devotion to God. He spoke of observing God’s law with his whole heart (v. 34). He spoke of being devoted to the fear of God (v. 38). He spoke of keeping God’s statutes unto the end (v. 33). Devotion is the committing of our heart, affection, and life to someone else. Devotion must be at 100% in order for it to be true devotion. The Christian life demands complete devotion to God. It is to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, and mind. A Christian who makes the greatest impact with his life is one who is truly devoted to God. Count Zinzendorf once said, “My greatest desire is Him and Him alone.”

 

We see this man and his direction.

“Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.” He was humbly asking God to keep him from sin and to stay in the path of God’s Word. The psalmist requested God to make him stay in the path of what he is commanded. That is so powerful! He was asking God to compel him to stay obedient to God's Word. Think of the implications of this. He was asking God to make sure he stays obedient about praying without ceasing, being filled with the Spirit, forgiving his enemies, spreading the gospel, and loving God with all his heart, and not to fall into sin of any kind. This man is devoid of pride. He was asking God to force him to stay on the right path so that he does not fall into temptation and sin.

 

We are commanded to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God that He might exalt us in due time. Meditate long upon this Scripture reading today, and consider if your humility measures up to the psalmist. Teach me, O Lord!

 

Have a teachable God Morning!


Bible Reading Schedule: Psalm 120-125

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