Teach Me to do Your Will Psalm 143

A Psalm of David.

Hear my prayer, O LORD,
Give ear to my supplications!
In Your faithfulness answer me,
And in Your righteousness.
Psalms 143:1

Do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
For in Your sight no one living is righteous.
Psalms 143:2

For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
He has crushed my life to the ground;
He has made me dwell in darkness,
Like those who have long been dead.
Psalms 143:3

Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me;
My heart within me is distressed.
Psalms 143:4

I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all Your works;
I muse on the work of Your hands.
Psalms 143:5

I spread out my hands to You;
My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Selah
Psalms 143:6

Answer me speedily, O LORD;
My spirit fails!
Do not hide Your face from me,
Lest I be like those who go down into the pit.
Psalms 143:7

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You.
Psalms 143:8

Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies;
In You I take shelter.
Psalms 143:9

Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness.
Psalms 143:10

Revive me, O LORD, for Your namesake!
For Your righteousnesssake bring my soul out of trouble.
Psalms 143:11

In Your mercy cut off my enemies,
And destroy all those who afflict my soul;
For I am Your servant.
Psalms 143:12

Devotional Reading

Little eight-year-old Betsy knelt beside her bed with her mother to say her night time prayer. “I’ve had a good day today, God. I hope You’ve planned another good one for tomorrow.”

Does God have a special plan for each little girl, old man and young lady? A plan for each of us? Really?

Before construction workers begin working on the foundation of a building, an architect has drawn elaborate plans that describe every little detail of the building. The same is true of building a ship, planting fields of grain or laying out the route for a highway. First the plan then the product. It is inconceivable that God would have no plan for man – the crowning achievement of His creation.

Even a superficial reading of the Bible reveals that all of the men and women of the Bible were guided by God’s plan for their lives. He had a plan for each of them, and He has a plan for each of us, as well.

Perhaps, the question is not whether or not He has a plan for us, but whether or not we even want it. Many try to outsmart God with their plans and end up as failures.

David prayed, “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” He believed that God had a plan for his life. Yet, he also knew that his willingness to follow it was much like the relationship between a teacher and student. He had to be “taught” to follow that plan. Quite often students have to go through a “time of testing” before they get the answers correct. But in the end, a “passing grade” is worth it all.

Prayer: Lord, may we accept the plan You have designed for each of us and follow it willingly each day of our lives! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Source: Guido Ministries Seeds of Hope Devotionals by Dr. Larry Guido @www.sowerministries.org. Used with permission.

Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright ©1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission.

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