â€œTeach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.â€ (Psalm 119:33)
This eight-verse section (vv. 33-40) closely parallels a similar passage in Proverbs 2:1-5. Both focus on being taught, gaining understanding, and keeping â€œthe wayâ€ of Godâ€™s Word.
Certainly worth noting is the manner in which the psalmist asked to â€œgo in the path of thy commandmentsâ€ (v. 35). In every case, the request is for Godâ€™s hand to control the process. There is no indication that the psalmist assumed the capability of finding these truths on his own.
- â€œTeach me, O LORDâ€ (v. 33).
â€œGive me understandingâ€ (v. 34).
â€œMake me to goâ€ (v. 35).
â€œIncline my heartâ€ (v. 36).
â€œTurn away my eyes from beholding vanityâ€ (v. 37).
â€œStablish thy wordâ€ (v. 38).
â€œTurn away my reproachâ€ (v. 39).
â€œQuicken me in thy righteousnessâ€ (v. 40).
However, having prayed for Godâ€™s intervention and oversight in his life, the psalmist promised to act on the given insight and order his life around â€œthe wayâ€ so illumined by Godâ€™s instructions. He acknowledged his â€œdelightâ€ and his â€œlongingâ€ in the holy life and character revealed in the Scriptures and, like theÂ Proverbs 2Â passage, showed a willingness of the spiritual consciousness of his heart and mind to â€œunderstand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of Godâ€ (Proverbs 2:5).
May our prayer always be like this: â€œSearch me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlastingâ€ (Psalm 139:23-24). HMM III