Last year, I started out every morning with this prayer from portions of Psalm 143. It’s a prayer filled with good requests. This week, we’re pulling that prayer apart and looking at what it conveys and how we can use this prayer to ask questions that God delights in answering.
The prayer opens with a request to “hear” something from God:
“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust.” (v.8)
On Monday, I shared with you ways we can “hear” of His steadfast love and gave a few examples of what that love can look like. Tuesday, we explored ways to discern God’s will for our lives. Yesterday, we talked about making a 911 call to God when we’re surrounded by our enemies.
Today, we’re finishing up that prayer by considering how to learn from God to walk by the Spirit:
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!” (Psalm 143:10)
Level ground sounds good, doesn’t it? No strenuous mountain climbing or sheer cliffs to contend with, just easy-going level. It makes me think of nice, safe, green pastures.
But safety doesn’t happen just by chance, it takes the intentional effort of learning to follow the path of God’s will. Now, by safety, I don’t mean we’ll never encounter difficulty, or strenuous challenge, but I mean the safety of being right where God wants us.
This safe place is what I call “Spirit-Walking.”
Not to be confused with sleep-walking. And absolutely not to be confused with creepy glow-in-the-dark ghost-like stuff. No, “Spirit-Walking” is much more solid than that. It’s what Galatians 5 calls true freedom:
[box]For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. (Gal. 5:13, 16–17)[/box]
What I mean by “Spirit-Walking” is:
- Learning to listen to God’s voice for His direction for your life and then getting on board with that! (I’ve got a post on that you can read by clicking here.)
- Depending on the power of the Spirit to accomplish God’s mission for your day, rather than trying to accomplish a check-list of operations by sheer will-power.
- Confessing and repenting of sin that would hinder the freedom of God’s Spirit to work in your life. (Check out this passage and this one.)
- Following Christ’s call of discipleship which means self-denial.
Spirit-Walking is what will impact the lost world. It is what will allow others to see the reality of our God.
How are you walking today? By your flesh or by the Spirit?