The reading for today is: Psalm 119:33-40
Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.
Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared.
Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good.
How I long for your precepts! In your righteousness preserve my life.
What a year we have had! One thing that has particularly stood out to me this year is how hard it can be find the truth. How do you know who to believe or who you can really trust? And where is God among all the confusion, hatred, and sadness? I can certainly relate to this psalmist. I am desperate for God to teach me the way and to help me understand how to best follow His will.
Why do we even need God to teach us? Why can’t we just read the Bible and teach ourselves? The reality is we have all been infected with sin. There are so many distractions and mistruths circling around us ever day. We cannot fully understand God’s word unless we open our hearts and minds to guide us as we spend time in His word.
I have always cherished this time in our daily devotions to hear God’s word and learn from other people’s experiences. Now more than ever I think it is important to quiet all the noise around us and focus on what God is calling us to do. Let us ask God to speak through His word to us, help us to understand, and forgive us for our failures.
I think most of us can relate to this psalmist. He is desperate to hear God’s word, he wants to follow His commandments, but maybe he has not been as dedicated as he would like. We all start our day with the best intentions, but then real life happens and maybe we don’t respond the way we should have. It is so easy to feel lost or discouraged, especially in such crazy times. I was sharing Pastor Lanny’s sermon about feeding the five thousand the other day and my friend said to me, “we could really use one of God’s miracles right now.” It doesn’t have to be flashy, but wouldn’t it be amazing if tonight’s headline demonstrated how God is moving through us in the world instead of hatred and lies? Let’s open our hearts to hear God’s word every day and allow God to move through us to share his love in the world.
Lord, I have felt so lost through these weeks and months. I have strayed away from Your word and focused on all the wrong things. Help me to drown out the noise and focus on you today. Amen
Prayer Concern – Be with all of us who are waiting for God’s miracles.