Psalm 119: 73 Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments. 74 Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word. 75 I know, O Lord, that your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness you have humbled me. 76 Let your steadfast love become my comfort according to your promise to your servant.
This entire psalm declares the author’s love of the laws and commandments of God. V.75 gives us a bit of the author’s motivations, “in faithfulness you have humbled me”. It sounds to me as though the writer had fallen away from God’s ways but, having been disciplined by God, had returned to it. Psalm 119 was his way of making a public commitment to the straight and narrow. “Give me understanding that I may learn your commandments” is an aspirational statement. The writer didn’t claim to already have understanding, but admitted his need.
I know what it’s like to get off track with God. This morning I’m praying to the Lord, asking for grace to return to the right ways where I am wrong. Lord let it be so. Amen.