The reading for today is Psalm 25:1-9
1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in you I trust;
do not let me be put to shame;
do not let my enemies exult over me.
3 Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.
6 Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
In these verses. the psalmist states that our ways are not sufficient, our human paths and our human truths belong to sinners. With the psalmist, we long for God’s truth and way. We know that God is good. We know that our hope and trust is in God. We know all this, but why is it so hard to actualize these things?! I think of Paul’s words from Romans chapter 7: “I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.” Praying this psalm is a reminder, a renewed request to God that we follow in God’s way, and not our own ways.
Gracious God, lead us in what is right and teach us in your way. You are our salvation. We put our trust in you, and you lift up our soul. Amen.
Ella Moehlman firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: For professors, teachers, parents, Sunday School teachers, mentors and influencers to know God’s way and share that truth with others.