In our reading this week from Psalm 119:169-176 the Psalmist cries out to the Lord. There are any number of things for which we would cry out to God. We ask for divine help with our health, our finances, difficult family situations, and all sorts of troubles. But what does this Psalm ask God for? Understanding, salvation, and guidance. This is not the kind of prayer we often engage in. Yet it is the prayer which the Lord would endorse. The Psalmist confesses to going astray and needing help and direction. At the same time, the source of that direction is very clear. Where do we go? We go to the word of God. We consider the statutes and commands of God. We seek to delight in God’s law. This is the source of guidance.
When we pray, when we cry out to God, we do well. May our prayer be, like the Psalmist, seeking that God would direct us right back to the Scripture, where we will find all the strength and guidance we need.
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