Give Me Understanding According to Your Word
Give Me Understanding
I don’t know how it is with other people, but I really want and greatly need “understanding”. I know I’ll never fathom how God made the world and all that there is. But, I stand in awe of His power to have done just that.
It’s just that it’s seems vital to understand God’s ways, so that we’re willing to accept them in our personal lives. It seems like bad things happen — but maybe, that is just the LORD pointing out the way we need to change our lives. Maybe God is just wanting to urge us on to grow in faith, hope, and love.
In our sinful natures, we just might not quite realize that.
That is why Psalm 119:169 fervently prays,
Let my cry come before You, O LORD;
Give me understanding according to Your word.
When we honestly seek to know the LORD’s ways, He has promised to show us or assure us of His love “according to” His “word”.
In the midst of our prayers, we ashamedly realize how we go astray from our LORD and Shepherd. So, we humbly pray in Psalm 119:176,
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant,
For I do not forget Your commandments.
We haven’t really forgotten what God wants us to do. But, nevertheless, we go “astray like a lost sheep”. It’s pitiful — but that’s what happens. We’re a bit on the “ding-dong” side of God’s truths. Realizing God’s love, and how much we need His help, we cry out, “Give me understanding according to Your word.”
We truly need understanding “according to“ God’s “word”. The immoral ways of this world can never set us straight or give us the peace of God’s love. We need God Himself in our lives.
When God enters the picture, we say, “Hallelujah! LORD, thank You for giving us understanding according to Your word.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.