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Monday 14 May
Teach me

Read Psalm 119:25–40
Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, and I will observe it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart  (verses 33–34)

Have you ever had a time when you’ve hit rock bottom and felt that you could go no lower? It may have happened through
bereavement or chronic illness, or through committing acts that you knew to be very wrong, and you were ashamed and horrified
by your behaviour. The psalmist articulates just such an experience in the passage today. It’s like lying in the dust – returning to the earth from which we were formed. The sadness is so great that it feels like we are in danger of dissolving away and ceasing to exist. We are terrified that we will be humiliated. Whilst we might want to hide away from everyone and especially from God, our faith teaches us that this is the time to turn back to our Creator and trust in his love for us. It is through fuller engagement with God that new life comes and new beginnings are possible.

This psalm shows us powerfully how to ask God to lead and guide us into new life. The psalmist asks God to teach, lead, help, give and confirm. Our response to the possibility of a new beginning is to motivate ourselves to learn more of God’s ways and to grow in understanding of God’s promises. These will come to fulfillment when, with humility, we apply ourselves to God’s ways and turn our hearts again to follow him. Whole-hearted engagement with God, turning again to his word, both in scripture and in Jesus, especially when we are in a very demoralised state, is the way to resurrection and new life.

† Lord, you are the source of hope and life. Help me to keep learning and growing in faith. Be my constant teacher, and continually guide me in your ways. Amen