What Does Psalm 143:10 Mean?

Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

Psalm 143:10(NASB)
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Verse Thoughts

David pleads his own wretchedness and implores God's goodness to direct and govern his ways, and like so many of his petitions, these verses feed the hungry soul, lift-up the fainting spirit and encourage the believer' heart. In his distress he entreats the listening ear of his faithful Saviour crying out for mercy, as the enemy seeks to crush his soul in death's deep darkness.

David's spirit is faint, his heart dismayed, his soul is as dry as a thirsty desert where there is no water, and yet he meditates on the past goodness of God and remembers the wonders of His handiwork, which encourages his heart. What is man that God is mindful of him and the son of man that God should take note of him?

David has experienced that his dark nights of distress and discouragement were always displaced by mornings of joyous praises, which enlivened his heart to seek God's perfect will, and so David acknowledges his dependence upon God, petitions the Lord for direction - entreating the Spirit of enlightenment to guide him onto level ground, where he may walk without fear or danger.

The distress that David is going through often translates into the deep darkness that floods into our heart as the Accuser of our souls seeks to destroy our testimony and shipwreck our little basques, that are being battered by the bitter whirlwinds of this fallen worlds tides of discontent.

But those that confess knowledge of God's will and are obedient to His Word have grace that is sufficient to weather the most raging storm and to water the most arid of deserts, for God's grace is sufficient and He is faithful, Who will not allow us to be tested more that we are able, but in the power of His Holy Spirit, will always hear our prayer and give us a way to overcome in all things.

My Prayer

Loving Father, teach me to do Your will and always to remember Your former goodness, knowing that in all things You are a loving and faithful God, Who has promised to uphold me with Your righteous right hand. Lead me onto level ground I pray, so that I may pass safely through all the changing scenes of this life, knowing that joy always comes in the morning. Guide me aright that I may say and do all that is pleasing in Your sight and may my life glorify Your holy name, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

Picture courtesy of Larisa Koshkina

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