Give me understanding, and I will keep your law
and obey it with all my heart.
Direct me in the path of your commands,
there I find delight.
Pray for the Power to Keep the Law
In Psalm 119 we are told to
pray for understanding of the law.
Later in the psalm we are also told to ask for
guidance to keep the law.
We can't keep the law to perfection. This
is why it was necessary for Jesus to die on the
cross for our sins. But just because we
can't achieve perfection it doesn't mean that we
should give up on trying to live a holy life.
There are benefits to following the law apart
from the fact that God gave us the commands.
The rules that God handed to us are meant for
our own good. There are consequences to
sin beyond getting caught and punished.
God gave us laws because He loves us and wants
to protect us.
For this reason, we ought to pray for help to
keep God's laws. God gave us the Holy
Spirit and we should call upon Him as much as
possible for help. The Holy Spirit gives
us understanding of the law. He points us
in the right direction when we don't know which
is the proper way. And the Spirit also
gives us the strength to fight the temptation to
We have the world, the flesh, and the devil all
working against us, trying to cause us to sin.
Fortunately we have the Holy Spirit on our side
to help us keep the law.