Teach me to do your will; for you are my God: your spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
An argument to move God to teach him, because He is his God, and doth trust in none but in Him. As if David should say: Thou promised me help of Thy free favour, help me then in this my danger. Whereby he would teach us two principal lessons. First, by this that he desireth God to teach him to do His will, because He was his God, we learn that it is not in our own arbitrament or choice to do God's will, but His special grace, who preventeth us by His favour, and becometh our God, and after frameth us to do His will and obey Him. Secondly, that if He be our God, and we will call upon Him in our troubles, it were requisite we should frame ourselves to obey Him. If He be our God, where is His love and obedience? If He be our Father, where is His honour? So he must of necessity be an atheist who saith in his heart, there is no God; who professeth God in his mouth, and in his works denieth Him; following his own pleasure in place of God's will.
Parallel VersesKJV: Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
WEB: Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.