Four Things the Priest Asks God For in Psalm 119

In Psalm 119: 33-37, a priest begs God to do four things:

Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees;
then I will keep them to the end.
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 towards selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things. . . “

I consider how, with these four verbs, the writer declares absolute dependence on God to shape his mind and heart. Teach me, God. Give me understanding. Direct me. Turn me.

I begin this new work week asking, like the priest does, for these four things.

Teach me. Give me understanding. Direct me. Turn me.

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