The psalmist called upon his/our Creator to help him to have proper understanding that he might meditate and know His commandments. One finds hope in God’s word. Obedience of it serves as a godly example and encouragement to others who are striving to serve Him. Our godly lives also exhibit proper examples to lead lost sinners to God.
There are times when we may feel like life is hopeless, but if we will continue in God’s unchanging word, His unlimited love will help us to prevail. The wicked may seek our destruction, but faithfulness to the eternal word will give eternal life. Faithful children of God love His law and His words are sweeter to them than honey. They make us wise and protect us from evil.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” In the darkness of life, one is not be able to see the complete scope of his surroundings. With the light of God’s guiding word, he can safely and successfully navigate his journey of life to the reward at the end.
As the psalmist continued his meditations, he expressed his dislike for double-mindedness. He proclaimed his love of God’s law and his commitment to its obedience. Many years later, Jesus called double-minded people hypocrites and expressed the same disdain. They are play actors pretending to be righteous when they are actually living in sin. Hypocrites may deceive others, but in the end, they will be rejected by God.
The psalmist praised God for His eternal righteousness and recognized his own limitations. He plead to God to reward his righteousness with protection from his oppressors. One may think that he has full knowledge of God’s laws, but he needs to continue to seek the treasure of new understanding. He prayed further that God would direct his steps by His word. Without the light of His word, man is an aimless wanderer seeking, but not finding. A righteous person grieves because others do not keep the law. “Give me understanding, and I shall live.”