Psalm 143:10

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“Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”

Psalm 143:10

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David wrote Psalm 143 as a cry to God for guidance and help in a time of great stress and despair. He cried out to God for answers, help, and guidance. He acknowledged that He needed God and pleaded with God to be his help. But even at his lowest, we can learn from David’s heart in this beautiful psalm. There are a few key things that I see in this verse that I think are important for us to look at today.

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First, David acknowledged that in order to do God’s will, he needed to learn from God alone. He recognized that his own will was not the same as God’s and cried out to God to teach him what to do. I love the humility of that statement. He surrendered to the instruction of God at a time when he may have been strongly tempted to try and fix things on his own or to take the advice of the world around him. To steadfastly wait on the instruction of the Lord above all else is not easy.

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Second, even though things in his life were falling apart, David praised God as God. He declared that even though he didn’t know the way, He trusted God as the leader and Lord of his life. When things are falling apart, it can be so easy to lose our sight of God’s sovereignty and love. But David cries out, “You are my God” affirming for himself as well as anyone who would read this psalm that no matter what, God sat on the throne.

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Third, I love that David describes the Spirit of God as “good”. He recognized that God’s Spirit will only lead to ultimate good, even when things are unsure. He again surrenders to being led by this good Spirit, trusting that wherever He leads will be for his best and that he can trust the Spirit of God to lead him on paths of righteousness.

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And fourth, David calls out for God to lead him on “level ground”. The word translated “level” here can also mean “righteous”. It draws up the imagery of using a level to make sure that things are plumb and straight. David is not necessarily asking for ease or a comfortable path here. Instead, he is crying out that God would lead him to righteousness above all else- to places that are straight and plumb in the sight of the Lord.

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As we close up our week talking about how Jesus fulfilled the promise to be our Wonderful Counselor, I want to challenge us all to tuck today’s verse deep in our hearts. Inevitably we all go through times when we need God to show us the way, when our path seems rocky and we don’t know how we will continue on. Like David, when those times come up, we have a choice how we can react. We can either keep pushing on our own, trying to be our own strength. Or we can lean heavy into God, crying out to Him to be what we need in the midst of our trials.

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I know for me, it is way too easy when things don’t seem right to try to fix things on my own. Or sometimes I can turn to systems, leaders, ideals, or theologies to try and fill in the blanks I feel in my life. But God wants our hearts and invites us to cry out to Him just like David did.

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So how about you? What are the areas in your life where you can relate to the cry of David? How do you find yourself relying on people or things of this world when the path ahead is not so easy to see?

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I want to challenge you as you move forward in faith to adopt the heart of David. Cry out to God and let Him be your strength and your comfort. He has good and level paths for you. And He will be faithful to guide you and teach you His good will.

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Jesus,

I trust You. Even when things in my life are spiraling and I don’t know how to move forward, I chose to follow You. Help me to let go and trust Your will for my life. Teach me by Your good Spirit and lead me.

In the name of Jesus,

Amen

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“Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” 

Psalm 143:10

Behind the Scenes

David wrote Psalm 143 as a cry to God for guidance and help in a time of great stress and despair. He cried out to God for answers, help, and guidance. He acknowledged that He needed God and pleaded with God to be his help. But even at his lowest, we can learn from David’s heart in this beautiful psalm. There are a few key things that I see in this verse that I think are important for us to look at today. 

First, David acknowledged that in order to do God’s will, he needed to learn from God alone. He recognized that his own will was not the same as God’s and cried out to God to teach him what to do. I love the humility of that statement. He surrendered to the instruction of God at a time when he may have been strongly tempted to try and fix things on his own or to take the advice of the world around him. To steadfastly wait on the instruction of the Lord above all else is not easy. 

Second, even though things in his life were falling apart, David praised God as God. He declared that even though he didn’t know the way, He trusted God as the leader and Lord of his life. When things are falling apart, it can be so easy to lose our sight of God’s sovereignty and love. But David cries out, “You are my God” affirming for himself as well as anyone who would read this psalm that no matter what, God sat on the throne. 

Third, I love that David describes the Spirit of God as “good”. He recognized that God’s Spirit will only lead to ultimate good, even when things are unsure. He again surrenders to being led by this good Spirit, trusting that wherever He leads will be for his best and that he can trust the Spirit of God to lead him on paths of righteousness.  

And fourth, David calls out for God to lead him on “level ground”. The word translated “level” here can also mean “righteous”. It draws up the imagery of using a level to make sure that things are plumb and straight. David is not necessarily asking for ease or a comfortable path here. Instead, he is crying out that God would lead him to righteousness above all else- to places that are straight and plumb in the sight of the Lord.

Make It Real

As we close up our week talking about how Jesus fulfilled the promise to be our Wonderful Counselor, I want to challenge us all to tuck today’s verse deep in our hearts. Inevitably we all go through times when we need God to show us the way, when our path seems rocky and we don’t know how we will continue on. Like David, when those times come up, we have a choice how we can react. We can either keep pushing on our own, trying to be our own strength. Or we can lean heavy into God, crying out to Him to be what we need in the midst of our trials. 

I know for me, it is way too easy when things don’t seem right to try to fix things on my own. Or sometimes I can turn to systems, leaders, ideals, or theologies to try and fill in the blanks I feel in my life. But God wants our hearts and invites us to cry out to Him just like David did.  

So how about you? What are the areas in your life where you can relate to the cry of David? How do you find yourself relying on people or things of this world when the path ahead is not so easy to see? 

I want to challenge you as you move forward in faith to adopt the heart of David. Cry out to God and let Him be your strength and your comfort. He has good and level paths for you. And He will be faithful to guide you and teach you His good will.  

Crystal Garnett

Crystal Garnett

ACF Digital Discipleship Director and Church Planter

End in Prayer

Jesus, 

I trust You. Even when things in my life are spiraling and I don’t know how to move forward, I chose to follow You. Help me to let go and trust Your will for my life. Teach me by Your good Spirit and lead me.  

In the name of Jesus, 

Amen

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