Vs. 34 — Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
He not only needs teaching, but the power to learn: he requires not only to understand, but to obtain an understanding. How low has sin brought us; for we even lack the faculty to understand spiritual things, and are quite unable to know them till we are endowed with spiritual discernment. Will God in very deed give us understanding? This is a miracle of grace. It will, however, never be wrought upon us till we know our need of it; and we shall not even discover that need till God gives us a measure of understanding to perceive it. We are in a state of complicated ruin, from which nothing but manifold grace can deliver us. Those who feel their folly are by the example of the Psalmist encouraged to pray for understanding: let each man by faith cry, “Give me understanding.” Others have had it, why may it not come to me? It was a gift to them; will not the Lord also freely bestow it upon me?
My God, my Father, give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. I do not ask this for myself alone, but for my wife, my children, and all of the saints. An understanding that enlightens and changes us from within. A change on an individual level and also a change to the Church as a whole regarding Your Word. Then we will observe that we might live, and in living we will abide in Your word with our whole heart. Give us understanding of who we are and who we are not. Let us grasp whom we are In Christ, as well as whom we are when we let our pride and self-righteous take the lead. Forgive us for such arrogance and idolatry. Give us understanding, O’ Lord, lest we stray off like sheep and be devoured. We seek Thee to know Thee. Amen.