“Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.” (Psa. 119:34-37, NIV)
The psalmist wisely chooses to spend his time on what is profitable. He beseeches the Lord to change his heart so that his energy will be spent upon holy things that are spiritually prosperous. Although these things are better, they are in direct conflict with our unholy sinful flesh. In this passage, this writer is asking the Lord for deeper discipleship. This attitude is far from common in our world today.
Although it seems like madness to the unsaved and the spiritually immature, this plea is a prelude to awesome spiritual maturity. These types of warriors are more than incredible in the Kingdom of God. The psalmist is not volunteering for an easy assignment. He wants to learn to do things God’s way.
In the United States Army, there are special forces soldiers, who are known as the “Green Berets.” In my opinion, they are smart, tough, and crazy. These are the “super” soldiers for whom the most challenging assignments are reserved. When the task seems impossible, these are the heroes who willingly volunteer. Further, they are constantly training to both increase their individual skill sets as well as perfecting common soldier tasks.
God is always looking for this kind of warrior. One who will go anywhere and do anything to benefit the Kingdom. The Master is looking for humility, dedication, and determination. He wants someone who willingly surrenders his or her life for the glory of God. Unlike the Green Berets, the only prerequisite for this type of training is a willing heart.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”” (Is. 6:8, NIV)
Father, may we always be ready when You call. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!