Psalm 143:8 “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.”
Cause – used as a verb to mean to produce or bring into existence.
David asks God to bring about hearing that will acknowledge God’s lovingkindness and knowledge to know the path of life. He invokes God to so influence his thoughts and mind to profoundly affect how he thinks, what he sees, and where he goes and whom he trusts.
If we were honest, we would be curious to know the outcome before asking such a thing. We desire to have some semblance of control in our life. Trusting God by faith is unsettling and sometimes scary.
Faith, when acted upon, brings the peace once we step out. David knows that God is not this ‘Grand Puppeteer’, making him do the things he should. But David does know that God can influence him, or bring about right in his life.
We see in the life of David that the depth of his relationship with God is centered on his desire. It is where David asks of God again:
Psalm 37:3-4 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
Some wrongly interpret this verse to mean their desires instead of God-given desires. My desires might be to live a life of ease, without trouble or strife. God’s design for my life might be one of pain, loneliness, and suffering. It comes down to which path will allow God to get the most glory in and through me.
It is in this attitude that David wholly submits. He asks God to instill His desires, not those born in David’s heart.
We all feel deeply about something. Some of us long for love. Others have desires for acceptance. Still, others want protection and security. However these desires manifest themselves in us; we must put them before God – put them in check.
Today, our requests might be said this way:
“Father, cause me to respond in a way that honors you.”
“Cause me to see the way of others above my own.”
“God, help me to have a testimony at work that shows more of your Son to others.”
When our hearts are settled in our relationship with the Heavenly Father, and when our way is clear, it becomes easier to walk in that way. Our enemy knows that when self rises even to question, seeds of doubt are sown.
Lucifer knew this from the beginning. He posed a question to Eve that began the chain of events that led to both Adam and Eve to go outside of God’s will for their lives. Satan cannot make us sin, but he can influence our desires.
David’s example of requesting God to produce hearing and knowledge that would eventually bring about the fruit that is honoring to God should be our path as well.
1 John 3:22 “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”