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A TEACHABLE SPIRIT
Psalm 143:10 “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.”
In our natural state it is hard for us humans to submit to another person, be it their counsel, their teaching, or their way of thinking, after all, in order for us to become our own person we have to differ somehow.
Imagine how much harder it is to submit in the spirit to the Spirit of God, something which is foreign to our natural way of thinking.
Our opening text reveals three things which are needed before we are ready to submit our spirits to be taught by the Lord to do His will.
Your are my God!
Your Spirit is good!
Lead me in the land of uprightness!
When we say to the Lord, You are my God, is not like us saying to our medical doctor, you are my Doctor, or to our lawyer, you are my lawyer, for we can always get a new doctor or a new lawyer if we do not like what they tell us to do.
When we say to the Lord, you are my God, His answer to us is, then why don’t you do what I tell you to do, is not like we can go and get another God, although some religious people think that way.
Luke 6:46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?”
So that a teachable spirit begins with the acknowledgement that God is God, and that besides Him there is no other, and that His counsel is the right counsel whether or not it makes sense to us in the natural.
If we are not willing to accept Him as God Supreme, and His teaching and counsel for our lives as the final word, then we can say, Lord, Lord, with our mouths all we want to, we just deceive ourselves and His truth is not in us, for He will not accept us until we accept Him as our God in all His fullness.
John 14:23 “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.’”
We do not get partially saved when we get saved, God does not hold anything back when we get saved, Jesus tells us that both He and the Father will come into us, to live in us, when we love Him and call Him Lord and keep His Word.
Psalm 143:2 “...For in Your sight no one living is righteous.”
None of us are perfect, so that we do not perfectly keep His Word all the time, but the idea is that even when we fail Him because of our weaknesses, we still recognize and acknowledge that His Word is Truth, and that His plan for our lives is best, even when we are unable to live up to the standards that He sets for us, and that is what makes us teachable, for we do not give up, we just keep trying to get it right.
By our actions we acknowledge that Your Spirit is good, and that if we try to follow the pattern that His Word spells out for our lives, we will eventually learn how to abide in His will for us no matter what.
John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
This will probably be the hardest thing for us to master, total and complete reliance on His Word and the promises that are contained in it. In this we will all be tested, for it is critical for our spirits to learn to rely solely in the promises that are contained in His Word for us.
Psalm 143:3-4 “For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me dwell in darkness, like those who have long been dead. Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is distressed.”
Listen to the words of David during his time of testing, he feels like his soul has been crushed and that his spirit is overwhelmed by all the distressed that he was confronted with. But because of his love for God and his communion with the Word of God, he was able to call to the God of His love and rely in God’s promises to him.
Psalm 143:7-9 “Answer me speedily, O Lord; my spirit fails! Do not hide Your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit. Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You. Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; in You I take shelter.”
Notice how David did not blame God in the middle of all his trials, instead of running away from God, he turned to his God, in verse one he says: Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications!
There is no doubt that David was at the end of his rope, for he said, answer speedily Lord for my spirit fails me. But notice how he learned during his trials to rely on God’s promises to him.
Cause me to hear, cause me to know; since his relationship with God was based on the fact that God loved him, he cried out for God’s lovingkindness to be revealed to him afresh in the midst of his trials, and then he said, cause me to know the way in which I should walk, basically he had learned the lesson that the trials that came his way were teaching him, spirit, soul, and body, for he said, in You I take shelter.
Lead me in the land of uprightness! The third thing that we need to recognize before we can learn how to do the will of God, is that there is the right way, and there is the other way, which always leads to death and destruction.
We naturally do not recognize the other way until we walked in it for a while and get deep in, and if we trust God’s love and compassion for us enough, to call on Him in the midst of our circumstances that were brought about by our rebellion to His Word and destiny for us, then it becomes a teachable moment for us when He delivers us.
Psalm 143:11 “Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake! For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.”
If we have truly made God our God, and have a sincere desire to learn how to walk in His will for our lives, and we submit ourselves to the trials that are needed for us to learn how to trust Him, then His reputation is at stake, for His own name’s sake He will deliver us if we do not give up and quit.
The hardest thing for a true believer to learn is this: What is God’s ultimate will and purpose for my life? I remember when I was young in the Lord, how I used to get so frustrated, I remember saying to God, How can I be what You want me to be if you do not tell me what it is that You want me to be? I had to learn to be whatever it was that I was needed to be wherever it was that God placed me.
In June 2, 2013, my wife and I celebrated thirty seven years of service to our Precious Lord, for we both got saved together at the same time and committed ourselves to serve Him for the rest of our lives.
Have I learned what my calling is after thirty seven years? Let me give you a hint, you can find it at the end of our last verse of Scripture.
Psalm 143:12 “In Your mercy cut off my enemies, and destroy all those who afflict my soul; For I am Your servant.”
I believe that there is no greater honor that can be bestowed upon a believer of the Living God, than that of being called a servant of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
David might have been many things, and indeed accomplished many things for God’s kingdom, but when he found himself in the thick of trials and temptations, the only title that he claimed for himself was:
For I am Your servant!
Let us all become like David, true servants of the Living God.