Vs. 12 — Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes.
Comments from Thomas Manton:
… ‘Blessed art thou, O Lord;’ that is, Thou art the object of my blessedness; my blessedness lieth in the enjoyment of thee; therefore teach me thy statutes. If God be our chiefest good and our utmost end, it concerns us nearly to learn out the way how we may enjoy him: John 17:3, ‘This is life eternal, to know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.’ It concerns believers to study that wherein their eternal happiness consisteth, and what is the way to get it: ‘Thou art blessed, and therefore teach me thy statutes.’ (Manton, T. (1872). The Complete Works of Thomas Manton (Vol. 6, p. 108). London: James Nisbet & Co.)
Father God, Blessed by Thy Name! You are my God and Lord, and there is no other God besides Thee. Your statutes are perfect. Man’s ways fall short and are corrupted by imperfect hearts; they are at best limited by the finiteness of mortality and therefore short of all knowledge, righteousness, and truth. I need Your statutes to lead me in this life and to lead me to the life to come. Teach me Your statutes. I do not ask this for myself alone, but also for my family, for my church, and for all the saints. Teach us Your statutes, O’ Lord.