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Make me to go in the path of thy commandments;
for therein do I delight.
~ Psalm 119:35
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments
We don’t want to be overly pragmatic, but God’s law, His word, is a path. It is a way. It isn’t just stimulation for the heart and mind. The capacity to understand and walk in His word comes from God.
This prayer comes from one who has been made to know the Word. He sees the truth, goodness, and beauty in the Word and now longs to go in that way. His struggle seems akin to Paul’s in Romans 7:18, “For to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”
for therein do I delight
Here is the key to the previous prayer. We understand the impulse of it when we understand that the Word is the delight and pleasure of his soul. When the eyes are opened to really see God in His Word, we are irresistibly drawn to Him. We experience the frustration of a life that merely syncopates the Word and does not exactly reproduce it.