Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, and I will observe it to the end. 34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. 35 Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. 36 Turn my heart to your decrees, and not to selfish gain. 37 Turn my eyes from looking at vanities; give me life in your ways.
38 Confirm to your servant your promise, which is for those who fear you. 39 Turn away the disgrace that I dread, for your ordinances are good. 40 See, I have longed for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life. – Psalm 119:33-40
When I first read this portion of Psalm 119, my attention was to “Turn my eyes from looking at vanities, give me life in your ways”. It appears that the psalmist is drawing a distinction between the life that comes through following God’s ways and the life that comes in looking at vanities. What exactly would qualify as vanities in this case? The definition of vanity that helps me the most here is something worthless or futile. I realize I spend a lot of time gazing at vanities in my life, giving them more time than they are worth. I, like the psalmist, want to ask God to turn my eyes and give me life in God’s statues.
What phrase from the Psalm grabs your attention?
What might that mean for your life right now?
Ask God to renew the joy of salvation in your life and allow you to rejoice in God’s ways.