When You Don’t Know the Way

January 28, 2011

in Everyday Lessons

I’m not ‘old’ yet, at least by America’s current standards, but I do feel a bit more ‘mature’ than I did a few years back.  And yet, I can’t seem to shake the question….’Which way do I go?’  Though some of the big questions have found their answers,each answer seems to then suggest 1000 new questions.

Reading Psalm 25 the other morning reminded me that no one, except Christ, truly knows the way ahead.  But the Psalm teaches that He is the only One who really needs to.

Here’s to a weekend of reading this Psalm with new eyes for whatever question you’ve got about the way forward.

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,[c] is in you.

22 Deliver Israel, O God,
from all their troubles!


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1 Amanda January 29, 2011 at 1:22 am

Oh, thank you, thank you, for this post. This is exactly the Psalm I needed to read this week. You put it so well… He IS the only One who needs to know which way we are going next.

2 Amanda January 29, 2011 at 2:49 am

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