Vs. 26 — I have declared my ways, and You answered me; Teach me Your statutes.
In short, this declaration is not necessary for God, who ‘knows our thoughts afar off,’ Ps. 139:2; not only our words and works, but purposes, before we begin to lift up a thought that way. But this declaration is necessary for us, to increase the awe of God upon our heart, and that we may undertake nothing but what we will solemnly acquaint the Lord with. Well, then, this declaring our ways is an act of dependence. (Manton, T. (1872). The Complete Works of Thomas Manton (Vol. 6, p. 244). London: James Nisbet & Co.)
Father, I have declared my ways, and You answered me; Teach me Your statutes. My declaration is one of complete dependence upon Thee. I want You, but more importantly I declare that I need You! I also have declared that I will pursue the way of righteousness, of justice, of integrity. I declare that Jesus Christ is my Savior and God. He rules my heart. You have answered me with Your Spirit. You have adopted me and made me an heir of righteousness. Oh that I may understand more of Thy ways. Teach me that I may know Your statutes.