67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I obey your word. I like how the NLT translates this verse: “I used to wander off until you disciplined me;
but now I closely follow your word.” Isn’t that the truth though? I know my tendency to wander off into realms that are inappropriate (to say the very least) are almost legendary (at least in my mind), and it wasn’t until God kicked me in the butt, or smacked me in the back of the head (figuratively speaking of course) that I came back on course. God’s discipline is often painful, but just. He doesn’t discipline us on some kind of strange whim, but when we disobey. Aimlessly wandering is the same as disobedience. How can that be? Because we weren’t listening or paying attention. That’s the same as disobedience. Once disciplined, can I say I “obey Your word?” Man, I can only say I hope so.
68 You are good, and what you do is good;
teach me your decrees. This is another pretty straight forward verse. God is good, what He does is good. Really can’t get any plainer than that unless I become redundant….yeah, don’t want to do that. The last part, “teach me your decrees”, well, that’s fairly plain also. To me it’s part request and part plea. It’s an asking to be taught, but it should also be my hearts cry. Like my heart crying out “TEACH ME, FATHER, TEACH ME!!”