Try it free for 30 days! The Spirit is omnipotent still. So high we may rise by like means. It is an acknowledgment of dependence on God for direction, and the expression of confidence that under the divine guidance he would not go astray. Think not that we can step one right step to heaven but by the conduct and convoy of God's Holy Spirit. Learn more today! 3. True, it destroys, but it destroys only what we are better rid of Dead wood, broken branches, withered leaves, these He sweeps away as with a bosom. BibliographyNicoll, William R. "Commentary on Psalms 143:10". The Holy Spirit may be compared to dew-cheering, beautifying, fertilizing. Verse 10. Malachi 2:6 Isaiah 11:4 Psalms 45:7 67:5 143:10. His teaching goes deeper than example. These two clauses mean substantially the same thing. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. It is a daring thought. But to make any of these "active obedience" two things are absolutely necessary. 10. We do not know who wrote this psalm. 1. The term leading, which I have already adverted to, proves also that David did not hold that middle species of grace which Papists talk so much about, and which leaves man in a state of suspension or indecision, but asserts something much more effectual, agreeably to what Paul says, (Philippians 2:13,) that, “it is God who works in us both to will and to do How vast the dishonour done to God, when, with a perfect knowledge of duty, the man is neglectful of his privilege, and refuses the obedience which of right he owes to God l The possession of the knowledge will be but an aggravation of the offence. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information, The best instructions: "Teach me to do thy will." The divine Guide, -- "thy Spirit is good. Is what we have planned to do to-day just what we think is the will of God? 1 of 1. He feels that his life is being pounded and pulverised into the ground. (A. Maclaren, D. D.), I. (H. P. Wright, B. Into the land of uprightness] Or, on even ground, as Isaiah 26:7; Isaiah 26:10, Psalms 26:12, or into the right land, i.e. By the words right hand, I understand, figuratively, uprightness; David’s meaning being, that we are drawn into error whenever we decline from what is agreeable to the will of God. There are no greater words God wants to hear than "teach me to do your will." Grant me “that” spirit, and I shall be certain that I am going in the right path. (3) Obey trustingly. We shall be still surer of this fact, I hope, when we consider His attributes. That spirit is wise, prudent, judicious, reliable. The Spirit of promise is bound to be a good Spirit, for He is God’s promise and Christ’s promise. It is not enough that we should have communicated to us, as from without, the clearest knowledge of what we ought to be. Who else can teach me as thou canst? It was the Holy Ghost who led the children of Israel in the wilderness. The supreme aim of the devout soul. Commentaries for Psalm Chapter 143 David complains of his enemies and distresses. (1-6) He prays for comfort, guidance, and deliverance. How childlike -- "teach me"! His very title, twice repeated, is "Spirit of love," and His first-fruit and all His fruits—for each fruit in order is only the expression of the first; it is only the same grace placed in a different combination—"love. Teach me to do thy will] Orat nunc pro salute animae, ut ante pro corporis, saith Kimchi. “Lord, teach me to do Thy will, whether it is the will of the great ones of the earth, or the will of my influential friends, or the will of my loudtalking neighbours or not. Teach me to do Thy will; for Thou art my God. The more we do what we have been taught, the more will the Lord our God reveal to us of His will. Isaiah 26:10; Psalms 27:11.). who so good a scholar as David? Knowing His will, having learnt it, we must do it, and do it heartily. BibliographyCalvin, John. Bible Commentaries / The Treasury of David / Psalm / Psalm 143 / Psalm 143:1; Share Tweet. In the Book of Psalms we see the growing up in the religious character of these high gifts of the Spirit of God: devotion, worship, self-knowledge. Psalm 143:3 also recalls Psalm 7:6, but as to the words it sounds like Lamentations 3:6 (cf. heaven, Per viam planam et aequam. The soul that can say, ‘I have taken Thee for mine,’ has a hold on God which God is only too glad to recognise and to vindicate. (H. B. And whosoever, humbly trusting to that great Father in the heavens, feels that he belongs to God, and that God belongs to him, is warranted in saying, “Teach me, and make me to do Thy will,” and in being confident of an answer. If I have thee, may I not ask to have thy perfect mind? BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. To such practical conformity to the will of God all other aspects of religion are meant to be subservient. Christianity brings to us the possibility of indulgence in sweet and blessed emotions, and a fervour of feeling which to experience is the ante-past of heaven, and for some of us, all our religion goes off in vaporous emotion; but feeling alone is not Christianity. Teach me to do thy will Revealed in the word; which saints desire a greater knowledge of in order to do it, and in which they delight; and also are desirous of being taught, and to practise submission to the will of God under afflictions; which was now the case of the psalmist; Psalms 143:10 Context. New York. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 143:10". ‘To do God’s will’ is to be in ‘the land of uprightness.’ (Calmet). ". 3. He would seek to acquiesce in the will of God, who sometimes takes away temporal blessings that man’s affections may be more completely fixed upon his Creator, and causes him to pass through the furnace of affliction that when he is tried he may come forth as gold (Job 23:10). He said, ‘Teach me to do Thy will.’ And he thought, no doubt, of an inward teaching which should mould his nature as well as enlighten it; of the communication of impulses as well as of conceptions; of something which should make him love the divine will, as well as of something which should make him know it. Christ’s heart cannot be satisfied, Christ’s Cross cannot be rewarded, the divine nature cannot be at rest, the purpose of redemption cannot be accomplished, until all who have trusted in Christ be partakers of divine purity, and all the wanderers be led by devious and yet by right paths, by crooked and yet by straight ways, by places rough and yet smooth, into ‘the land of uprightness.’ Where and what He is, there and that shall also His servants be. 9 Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. The knowledge is not in itself religion; but the Christian is “that faithful and wise servant whom the Lord, when He cometh, shall find so doing.” Hence perfection of character consists not in knowledge, but obedience, because--, 1. Thy spirit is good, lead me; or rather, as it is exactly in the Hebrew, and as many both ancient and modern translators render it. And his prayer for ‘teaching’ is deepened in the second clause of our text into a petition, which is substantially the same in meaning, but yet sets the felt need and the coveted help in a still more striking light, in its cry for the touch of God’s good spirit to guide, as by a hand grasping the Psalmist’s hand, into the paths of obedience. He is spoken of as the Spirit of promise. He is holy. David wrote his part of the psalm when he had trouble. We have no righteousness of our own to plead, therefore must plead God's righteousness, and the word of promise which he has freely given us, and caused us to hope in... 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