“Make Your face shine upon Your servant and teach me Your decrees.” -Psalm 119:135
Not only does the psalmist seek God’s help against his foes, but he desires the Lord’s blessing and instruction as well. Persecution does not rattle him so that he turns away from his faith, but leans into it. He wants more of God, especially when he feels alone. This prayer reminds me of the Aaronic blessing, “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26). To request more teaching from our Great Teacher reveals what is in the psalmist’s heart. He is seeking first God’s Kingdom, not his own.
When we live for ourselves, making our own rules, building our towers of Babel, it will crumble because the foundation is shifting sand. Kingdom builders for God stand on solid rock with Jesus Christ as the Cornerstone. The teaching they receive will not fail them. It is wisdom from God. I believe the Lord teaches us about Himself, who we are as sinners, and His commands through a few ways. Creation reflects God’s order, beauty and majesty demonstrating characteristics of God. Fellow believers image Christ in them although imperfect, through words and actions. Yet God’s Word speaks into our hearts the clearest way, teaching sheep in need of a Savior Shepherd. It is through instruction Christians enjoy sweet communion with our Father. This is our great joy and blessing. The Lord is faithful to teach Christians His ways for His Glory and our eternal good.
Grace upon grace,
Growing deeper: Psalm 23; Psalm 86; Isaiah 55:6-13