There are days when I cannot remember how to do anything, and in those moments I long for someone to teach me again how to complete, sometimes the simplest of tasks. Life is fun that way when we think we have all the answers, a problem will arise and remind us we do not. In the passage in Psalms, the Psalmist reminds us where we should go for a proper education, “the Lord” (vs. 33).
In the first six verses of the Psalm we see a kind of request—result given by the Psalmist:
“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper (Holy Spirit) will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes (Holy Spirit), he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you” (John 16.7-15, ESV, emphasis added).
The Holy Spirit living inside us is our guide, our interpreter, and our teacher. However, He cannot do His job if you will not open the textbook and read it. This is why the Psalmist asked God to turn away the disgrace which he feared. Such as, the potential for failure or inability to complete a task or the thought that you are just a loser. Any of these things can cause us and God great disgrace and whether we want to admit it or not we are all afraid of failure. When we realize God’s judgements are good, His ways are better than our ways, His thoughts are better than our thoughts (Isaiah 55.8-9) then we can trust what God is doing in our life is for our own good and it will teach us how to be a better person and have a closer relationship with Him.
In the end, when all the teaching is done, when you are sitting back and thinking of how the day has gone what do you really long for? Are you longing for the ways of God? For His precepts? These are the things that give your life meaning and purpose by the power of His righteousness.
Almighty God Maker of Heaven and Earth thank You for this wonderful day You have made. Thank You for this time You have given me to spend reading and studying Your Word. Lord, help me to pay more attention to what the Holy Spirit is saying in my life. I know He is speaking to me not just when I open Your Word, but also throughout the day. Help me to be more in tune with Him and Him with me. Thank You for Your Son and His sacrifice on the Cross, for paying my penalty for my sins, without Him I would be nothing. Give me wisdom for this day, all this I pray in Your Son’s Jesus Christ’s Name, Amen.
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Jn 16:7–15). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.