Remove the false way from me, and graciously grant me Your law.
We all are dangerously close to the false way. In fact, the psalmist acknowledges that the false way is in him! All we have to do is allow our minds to wander from the truth of Scripture and we will be headed down the wrong path in a heartbeat. After all, our sinful flesh believes the way we think is best! This is often demonstrated when professing Christians face the more difficult circumstances of life. Rather than clinging to God’s word, they pull back from church, Christian friends, and the Word of God. They are now on the false way!
Dear Christian, it is vital that you recognize that you cannot and must not trust yourself. Even as Christians, our minds continue to be a battle ground.
Thus says the LORD, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD. For he will be like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, a land of salt without inhabitant. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit. The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds.”
If you allow your mind to run according to its most natural tendencies, you are sure to be walking in the false way! This is why the psalmist prays that God will give him the law. God’s provision in giving us His word is what we desperately need.
When you find yourself in the midst of despair, you will be inclined to avoid the very things that you need most. If you listen to your voice, you will walk in futility. You must, with the psalmist, continue to learn from God’s word. You must ask God to graciously teach you so that you stay on the path that God intends. When you speak to yourself, you must speak the Word of God!
Therefore I esteem right all Your precepts concerning everything, I hate every false way.
I hate and despise falsehood, but I love Your law.