“Quicken me according to your lovingkindness;
so shall I keep the testimony of your mouth.”
The only way for us to be able to obey what comes out of the mouth of God is for Him to “quicken” us; that is, for Him to give us life. “The Spirit is life” wrote Paul, and “if any man does not have the Spirit, he does not belong to Him” (Rom. 8:9–10). The holy Spirit is the kind of life we need!
Without life from God, that is, without God’s Spirit, we are “dead” to Him and His ways. Without it, we can neither understand Him nor do what He says. That is why the man of God knelt in prayer and pleaded with God, “Quicken me, so that I may do what you say!”