Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10
Level ground is something that is plain and has no obstacles on it. You and I can build something up on level ground! Level ground can also mean that it is fair for everyone, a place where all opportunities and possibilities are equal.
I believe that when King David was writing this he was under a lot of pressure, in fact, he makes an urgent call: “Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord.” Isnt the case that every time we are under pressure we ask the same thing!
“Teach me to do your will” is a prayer of confession. It is to acknowledge that there are another will and another way to deal with opposition and stress.
In fact, it is the Spirit that teaches us all things and all things are revealed by the Spirit. This little verse has so much to teach me!
What if the Holy Spirit level ground looks different from our understanding of what we think “level ground” really means? What if the way the Holy Spirit understanding of “level ground” is something that we are invited to?
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
(Isaiah 55:8–9 NIV11)
When we ask “Teach me to do your will” it is an invitation to step up into the level ground of the Spirit, which will be higher than ours. I love this!!