Make me walk in the paths of Your commandments, for I delight in it. – Psalm 119:35
Have you ever been here? “Lord, there is a part of me that desires the word, but I’m so full of me. I am so full of pride. I am so headstrong. Sometimes, Lord, I just feel so strongly about what I think You want me to do in my life, and then I open the word of God and realize I’m not on track. O God, help me die to me and honor Your commandments.”
Now, that’s the heart of a real Christian. A real Christian is humble to admit that he has a driving flesh passion against God’s truths, but at the same time he humbly wants God to help him die to that and live out the truth that God shows him.That’s why true Christians welcome accountability and welcome somebody helping them to stay sharp. They don’t want to fall back into the old fallen, unredeemed humanity where they were before they were converted.The true believer has a new nature that sees walking in God’s principles as a delight and a blessing.
We have all been in situations where we struggled and didn’t quite have the strength we wish that we’d had. But God gave us grace, and we stepped out in obedience and faith. In my own life, I have been in situations where I felt I ought to go a certain direction, but God gave me scripture and sent me another way. And I find out that when I do what God says, He turns around and blesses in ways I could have never dreamed or fathomed.
We need to pray as this psalmist prayed that God will make us to walk in His commandments. Remember, sin will destroy you. God, by making you walk in His commandments, will bring you life and blessing and goodness. The psalmist is smart. He’s saying, “God, save me from me. Don’t let the old unredeemed me get the control here. Help me to live out Your commandments in the areas of my life that I’m concerned with.”