Psalm 119,35 Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
In the previous verses, David prayed for insight and understanding. Now he asks for guidance. The words he uses in this prayer includes the meaning that God must guide him by bending his will. He prays that God must awaken his inner soul power to choose to do what God wants. This is somewhat similar to what Paul says: “For God will continually revitalise you, implanting within you the passion to do what pleases him” (Phil. 2:13). We need to understand both the word of God and how to do what God wants. In order to do that, we depend on God working in us.
David prays, "Make me follow the path you command me to go!" "Help me follow the path your regulations say I should take." Path in this context always indicates way of life or behavior. He asks for grace to be able to do what is his duty to do, to be strengthened for all good work. He knows himself so well that he knows how easy it is to make mistakes and to put himself and his own comfort above the word and will of God. Therefore he asks for grace to be obedient. He does not trust himself. He knows that he is dependent on the Holy Spirit. The prophet Ezekiel promised that in the new covenant God would give us a new heart and a new spirit within us. When the Spirit lives in us, He will cause us to obey the commandments, keep the laws, and live by them (see Ezek. 36: 26-27). This is what we ask to happen when we pray: Lead me in the path of your commandments!
The prayer David prays is important, but his reason for praying is also worth noting. He says that the path of the Lord gives him great joy. He rejoices as he walks on God's narrow road. That is why he eagerly asks for help to walk on the path the commandments shows. He rejoices in the path of God. He feels deep joy in doing what God wants.
It is always meaningful to do what the Word of God says. When we live the commandments, which finds their fulfilment in the one commandment to love one another, we will have a deep sense that it is this life we are created to live. The external circumstance can be difficult and demanding, but the pleasure of doing God's will means that we can say no to our own human and easy solutions. The joy God gives when we walk in His paths is so deep that no price is too great.
"Lead me on the paths that delight you, for I delight in everything you say!"