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Daily Bible Verse - 2/11/2008 - Psalm 143:10

NIV Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.
KJV Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
NASB Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Psalm 143:10

Appeal for instruction
. The psalmist not only wanted to know the will of God (v. 8b), he also wanted a heart trained to obey that will. God, after all, was his God, and what could be more proper than for the creature to obey his Creator?

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Ps 143:10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

This, the last of David's psalms of individual lament, lacks a clear historical setting, though his escape from Absalom is a possibility (143:6; see 2 Sam. 17:29). David appealed to God to intervene on his behalf, while confessing his own lack of moral perfection (Ps. 143:2). He saw himself in a hopeless situation from which he could not extricate himself (143:4). Only as David reflected on God's goodness in the past (143:5) did he have any hope at all for the present. With new confidence, then, he pleaded for God's gracious deliverance. More than that, he wanted to learn more about the will and ways of God (143:10) so that ultimately he would bring glory to God whereas his enemies would meet their deserved destruction (143:11-12).

Dyer, C., Merrill, E., Swindoll, C. R., & Zuck, R. B. (2001). Nelson's Old Testament Survey : Discover the Background, Theology and Meaning of Every Book in the Old Testament (476). Nashville: Word.

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