Thursday, June 12 2008
There is a scripture that I pray...and quote. My lovely wife and I have discussed this scripture and how it applies to our lives. It is found in Psalms...
Psalms 143:10Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
As Christians, we have a great desire to do the will of God. It is imperative that we do and be in God's will or we will be on the outside looking in. Often times, people throw the phrase God's will around and it becomes cliche' for which I am guilty.
The ability to discern God's will is not something innate in us nor does it come simply by being a Christian. If this were so, the Psalmist would have not written Teach me to do thy will. The Basic Bible English (BBE) translation reads like this...
Psalms 143:10Give me teaching so that I may do your pleasure; for you are my God: let your good Spirit be my guide into the land of righteousness.
The BBE takes us completely out of the picture. He states so that I may do your pleasure. We often become blinded by our own desires and forget that we are to do what He wills. This principle was important enough to the Psalmist that he wrote...
Psalms 25:4Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Psalms 25:5Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
These scriptures remind me of the story of Mary and Martha found in Luke 10...
Luke 10:38Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
Luke 10:39And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
Luke 10:40But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
Luke 10:41And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
Luke 10:42But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Martha was busy doing what she thought the Lord will, but found out that she was just busy. We can be busy doing the Lord's work or we can be in His will. This Biblical principle is found through prayer. I challenge you to pray as the Psalmist did that God would teach you to do His will and allow Him to open your eyes to His pleasures realizing that they often differ from ours.