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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Thursday, July 7, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Psalm 25:1–10

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
    do not let me be put to shame;
    do not let my enemies exult over me.
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
    let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
    teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all day long.

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
    for they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
    according to your steadfast love remember me,
    for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right
    and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
    for those who keep his covenant and his decrees. (NRSV)

Reflection
How many times have I faced a challenge, tried to digest a news cycle, or heard from a friend some concerning health issue, and I’m not sure where to turn? I can assume that David was in a similar place when he wrote Psalm 25—sitting silently, not sure what was ahead of him, seeking some comfort, and turning to God in prayer.

“To thee, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
O God, in thee I must trust. . . .
Make me to know thy ways, O Lord, teach me thy paths.”

The plea to God to lead the way is clear, as is the trust in God. But I’m struck that David first recognizes his sinfulness and asks for forgiveness.

“Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions; according to thy steadfast love, remember me, for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord. “

Then David again turns to God for help, support, and guidance.

“All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.”

I wish I was so eloquent in my prayers! I am reminded that God is waiting to guide me, teach me, comfort me. And sometimes when I don’t know where to turn, this psalm reminds me that even in the depths of despair God is waiting. Even when I fall short, God is waiting. Indeed, God is love. And love always wins.

Prayer
Dear Lord, you see me and know me, and in that I most trust. Thank you for your steadfast love. Thank you for being there in the times of most need. Help me each day to know what I can do and say in the ministry of your love. Amen.

Written by Marc Miller, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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