Psalm 143:10 New Living Translation
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.”
King David was in a state of depression and hopelessness when he wrote this Psalm. David pleads with the Lord to reveal himself and lead him to firm footing. He desires to be taught God’s will. I would venture to say that any one of us could have written the same Psalm a time or time in our lives. Depression can come on anyone at anytime when life becomes overwhelming. We lose sight of our Lord and entertain a feeling of hopelessness. The enemy of our soul takes full advantage of us when we are in this emotional and psychological state of mind. If we don’t reach out to the Lord we can remain in this state far longer than we need to. Depression can be a by product of fear and fear can become paralyzing. The Lord can break the bondage that comes from depression.
When we pray to the Lord we must take the time to acknowledge God’s power to rearrange and redirect our lives. To simply ask for guidance can tend to be a self-centered prayer without such an acknowledgement. When God restructures our priorities it can awaken our minds and stir us into a desire to submit to his will.
This particular translation uses the word ‘gracious’ to describe the Holy Spirit. ‘Gracious’ can mean merciful and compassionate, both characteristics found in the Father. The path the Lord has for us to travel on provides firm footing for us and leads us in the way we need to go.
Though paralyzed with fear (v.4) David still knows to whom he must pray. He remembers what he has done in the past and knows he is more than capable of rescuing him now. When we are depressed or fearful, whom do we turn to? The only correct choice is the One who created all things. Use these events as lessons in faith and trust. God has never failed to accomplish anything he has set out to do and he will not fail you! Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: The Life Applications Study Bible, published by Tyndale House.
Dictionary: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.