Psalm 25 (NIV)
1 In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
and how fiercely they hate me!
20 Guard my life and rescue me;
do not let me be put to shame,
for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope, Lord, is in you.
22 Deliver Israel, O God,
from all their troubles!
When we are continually on our faces before God and seek Him in His Word, His presence will saturate our hearts, making it sensitive and teachable. Just as a marriage relationship can begin to grow cold unless proactive steps are taken daily to keep it warm, our hearts can gradually harden when we aren’t seeking intimacy with God. We must also obediently, and promptly, respond to whatever He tells us to do so that our hearts will stay soft and receptive. Then it won’t take much for the Lord to get our attention, and when He convicts us of our sin, we will want to deal with the problem right away instead of letting it grow like a cancer within us. This is why we must walk in the Spirit moment by moment.
If we believe that God might be leading us in a certain direction, we need to take the time to earnestly seek His mind on the matter, and open our hearts to listen to Him. We need to guard ourselves from getting too busy with a substitute for what He originally called us to do.
It would be tragic to work extra hard doing what we, and others, consider to be good, only to discover that our effort was expended in accomplishing something that was not God’s intention. Resisting the Lord often amounts to putting our lives on the shelf, which leaves us feeling that something is missing. There is no substitute for God’s will, even when His plan might seem difficult or impossible. But when we trust God with a cooperative heart, there is no limit to what God can do through our lives.
Psalm 25 is a good passage to read each day this week. If we can begin to internalize what it is saying, it can change how we view our potential relationship with God.
Some of us need to make a decision today to say, “Lord, I want Your will, no matter what.”