“Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.” Psalms 119:124
The psalmist had one thing right in his thinking, and that is, he KNEW that he didn’t deserve the kindness or mercy of the Lord. Here he is waiting for the Lord to act on his behalf and although a little distraught and perplexed, he didn’t behave like it was his right.
While the writer waited, he asked God to teach him. I love this. So many times we just want relief from the pain instead of learning from it. I am so guilty of this in my own life.
It is humbling to have to ask for help isn’t it? It isn’t easy to admit you need to be taught how to do something, but let’s face it, we don’t know everything.
I remember when I first arrived in the villages to do missionary work. There was no bathroom, no kitchen, no electricity. I had to learn a LOT and in a hurry! It was so embarrassing to ask how to do things, but thankfully the ladies taught me. I have been laughed at and my face has gone red quite a few times, but I wanted to learn. I had to learn! It wasn’t easy to admit I was a clueless moron, but I didn’t have any other alternative other than go home and quit.
When we are in a waiting pattern in our lives, instead of complaining about the situation, we could ask God to teach us like the psalmist did. That is something we can learn from today’s verse. It reminds me of something Christ said in the New Testament:
“And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” Luke 18:13
Jesus pointed this out in Luke 18. When the publican prayed, he recognized that he was a sinner and needed mercy.
You and I may think we don’t deserve to be in a trial or waiting, but that is silly. We deserve hell, so anything less than that is kind of great, don’t you agree? How about we get off our spiritual high horses and beg God for His mercy and for Him to teach us more? It may be that we will learn how to better go through the next storm.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,