Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
on level ground!
Psalm 143: 10
David gives us a prayer that all followers of Christ can speak on a regular basis. It is full of aspiration, and it is covered in faith in God. There is nothing more that we can ask for than to know God’s will and to do it. This idea embraces a very wide range of what it means to live a righteous and a holy life. The attitude expressed about that life is one of humility and submission to God. It says that I do not know it all and that I do not possess a clear view of what is best or most important. However I know that God does, and He will take me where it is best for me to go.
There is also expressed a true understanding of the reality of living as a follower of Christ, for that involves a daily process of yielding myself to the guidance and the direction of the Spirit. It is a life of adventure and of purpose. God is not arbitrary, and He does not operate on whims or flights of fancy. Yet, He does ask us to trust His intent and purpose so that we can respond to where He desires for us to go and what He directs us to do. His Spirit also guides us into the truth of God’s Word and keeps our hearts and our minds grounded in that source of knowledge and wisdom.
All of this takes us onto God’s concept of level ground. This is the place where our feet are secure and our vision is clear. This is the path through life that is most secure, for it is a way that God has cleared for us. It is not true that this way of following Christ will be easy or without struggles, we all know that there will be hardship and opposition in this life. Rather, it is a road that God walks with us, and He keeps us upright and holds our feet on the trail despite the ruggedness of the terrain. God’s level ground is found by knowing Him and seeking His will, and His Spirit is our guide and companion on the journey.