LEARNING GOD’S WAY
Here I am, Lord, ready to do Your will. I will not withhold myself from You this day.
Read PSALM 25:1–22
 Of David.
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“Do your actions and words bring glory to God? Are you living in his will? Are you depending on his grace?” (Warren Wiersbe).
I asked some students how I could pray for them over the summer break. Most replies reflected pressing concerns: “Please pray about my internship, my exams, my hospital placement, my research.” Then a Thai physicist, soon to graduate, spoke up: “Pray that I will do whatever God wants.” It was such a simple request and yet so refreshing.
Psalm 25 gathers up both disparate everyday preoccupations and deeper heartfelt yearnings and places them trustingly before God. While it is very personal, with repeated reference to “my” and “I,” it expresses the petitions of all of God’s people (22) then and now. It is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. It starts and concludes with prayer (1–7,16–22). The presence of enemies, be they people who harm us, spiritual opposition or the adversaries of poverty, illness or shame, are immediate issues which repeatedly throw us onto God. To remind ourselves that we can trust him, a creed-like elaboration of God’s character is included in verses 8–15: the One we address is committed to us. He is loving and good, forgiving and faithful.
Petition for deliverance and pardon will always be part of our prayer, but there must be more. At the heart of the psalmist’s entreaty is a longing to know God’s ways and walk in them. Verse 14 is breathtaking: “The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.” That God should open his heart, like a trusting friend, is mind-blowing. More vital than the details of guidance and assistance is this wider sense of learning God’s truth revealed in his covenant. My Thai friend is discovering that when our heart’s desire is to know God and his purposes, we place ourselves close to him. That transforms everything, even work and enemies.
How do you answer the questions posed in the CONSIDER quote above? What changes are facing you?
Lord, let me see You and please You amid the challenges of my life!
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