Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall observe it to the end.
Life moves at a very fast pace, so much so that we can lose sight of where we are going! The psalmist is looking at the whole of life. He wants to learn the way of God’s statutes so that he can observe them to the end.
Jonathan Edwards said it this way in his 17th resolution “Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.”
When you get to the end of your life, what do you want to have accomplished? How do you want people to remember you? If you reflect on the last 5 years of your life, what would you say has defined your life? Jesus made it clear in John 15 that Christians should bear much fruit for the glory of God. If your life is bearing much fruit, you won’t need a magnifying glass to find it!
There is a lot packed into this verse:
- What the psalmist wants: teach me
- Who he wants to be taught by: Yahweh
- What he wants to be taught: the way
- What he wants to be the source of knowledge: God’s statutes
- Who he wants to apply it to: “I” (himself)
- What he will do with the knowledge: observe it
- How long he will observe it: to the end
Most people have desires that they would like fulfilled in this life. For some that could relate to education, employment, getting married, having children, etc. Others have specific financial goals along with particular plans for how they might spend their money. The psalmist was very focused on what his life would be like spiritually. He was determined to finish well and understood that finishing well in the future means living right in the present.
Take time to reflect on your life. Consider the biblical knowledge that you already have. Are you living in obedience to what God has already taught you? Are you striving to learn more from God so that when you come to the end of your life you will have finished well? Have you lived the past few years with priorities that you know God is pleased with? If not, now is the time to reevaluate your life and priorities! You don’t want to wait another five years and find that you have still not made significant spiritual progress.