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Psalm 143:10


Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God;
Your Spirit is good. 

Lead me in the land of uprightness.


The Psalms are full of wisdom.  One verse can teach us so much.  This Psalm, written by David, can teach us a great deal about how we should talk to God.  Words are important.  In the present, I attempt to choose mine carefully. That was not always the case.  I know that the writers of the Bible had much help from God, and later the Holy Spirit, in penning the exact words to convey God's message.  Look carefully at this verse as David offers his petition to God, being the only one who can correct David's current problem.  David's enemies are pressing in on him.  He is being greatly persecuted and attacked.  If you are a Christian, this will sound very familiar.  David knows where to turn.  Notice that all of this verse is in present tense. Teach me, lead me, you are my God, and your Spirit is good.  David is acknowledging his shortcomings and asking for help.  Words are important.  Did I say that already?  David does not say, "Teach me Your will."  David says, "Teach me to DO Your will."  I lobby there is a huge difference here.  Knowing something, spiritually and/or mentally, is only part of the challenge.  David is very close to God at this point.  He knows the mind, heart, and hand of God.  The challenge for David, and us, is to DO what God would command.  This is a simple two-letter word with lots of meaning.  Don't miss it.  Words are important.  Did I mention that previously?  David does not say, "You are God."  David says, "You are MY God."  To acknowledge that God is sovereign is one thing.  To state that you belong to God, is an entirely different statement.  David knows who he is and also knows exactly who God is.  That's why David asks God to lead him in the land of uprightness.  David knows that is where God walks everyday and David is struggling.  David proclaims, "Your Spirit is good."  David knows that he often does not have a right spirit and needs to commune with God, directly, to rectify this problem.  What can we learn from this short passage today?  My answer is a great deal.  When you talk to God, talk in the present tense.  Acknowledge who God is.  Admit who you are.  Don't leave out the small words.  Remember to say, "Teach me to DO Your will" and "You are MY God."  When you are attacked by your enemies, turn to the only one who can solve that problem.  Gossiping to your neighbors about your enemies won't help.  It will make it worse.  Trying to rally support for your cause won't help.  It should be God's cause and He will help you do what is right.  Destroying others in the face of our conflict will only cause the conflict to escalate.  This is why God says we should pray for our enemies.  Don't miss the point.  Turn to God.  Call on His name to solve the problem.  His Spirit is good.  Words are important.  I may have mentioned that already!  Use them wisely.