Right and Almost Right | Psalm 119:121-128
Today's Passage: Psalm 119:121-128
Key Verses: Psalm 119:124-125
Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees. I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.
"Discernment," said C. H. Spurgeon, "is not a matter of simply telling the difference between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right." Right and wrong are relatively easy to distinguish, but the difference between right and almost right needs special instruction from God's Spirit.
That's what the psalmist is praying for in today's psalm. He can see the bold colors of black and white; he needs help in the gray areas. He desires to understand the hard-to-see line that separates him from obedience and dangerous sin.
It takes only one bad lapse in judgment to ruin a reputation. An errant tweet, a foolish Facebook post, a regrettable Instagram picture, or a thoughtless text can bring down in a moment what has taken years to build. The psalmist's prayer is one for every serious believer: "I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes."
Father, please give me discernment every moment of every day. Guard my responses, whether they come from my mouth or are posted with my thumbs on a smartphone. Give me discernment so that I can follow your Word in the areas that are right and almost right. In Jesus' name. Amen.