“May my cry come before You, O LORD; give me understanding according to Your Word.” -Psalm 119:169
The psalmist desires more wisdom. God has been faithful to direct his steps, blessing him with understanding, but the cry is to go deeper. Always more of God. “Come further up and further in!” is the call in C.S. Lewis’ last book from The Chronicles of Narnia series. When believers discover the treasure of God’s Word, the natural desire is to want more. By His grace we keep pursuing Him, tasting of His goodness, seeing His faithfulness to us personally. The Christian is satisfied in God which is why he longs for more sweetness in understanding the Lord’s will so that he may walk in it. When believers walk in our own will we are the most miserable creatures, because we know better. Happiness is found in abiding in God’s will. Even in difficult trials which require strength and courage, there is peace which passes understanding because His Spirit is upholding the beloved child of God.
God will surely hear such a prayer of petition from the redeemed sinner who desires to grow in grace. God will not only equip His beloved, but fight for him as well, never deserting His sheep in battle. The psalmist looks for direction from his Captain. Our Father blesses prayers such as this, to go further up and further in, to the storehouse of wisdom.
Grace upon grace,
Growing deeper: Psalm 18:6; 34:4-10; Proverbs 1:7-3:26