Scripture: Psalm 25
Key verses: (4-5) 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.
Reflection: Today’s key verses are a wonderful prayer. The first three steps in the twelve step recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous are:
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
The writer of the psalm understood that a power greater than himself could restore him to sanity. The writer proclaims trust in God, knowing that faith in God infuses life with meaning. The writer seeks God’s guidance and God’s will.
Turning our will and our lives over to the care of God is a never-ending process. I give myself to God and then quickly take some back. I trust God but then I become frightened and feel abandoned. I try to live in God’s way and walk in God’s path but then I stray to do my own selfish thing. The psalm’s prayer asks for God to keep on teaching us and leading us. I believe it is a prayer that God will always answer! Often our circumstances don’t change but we can pray that God will equip us to be faithful no matter what our circumstances. God will lead us and teach us if we are receptive to learn. God will restore us to sanity if we can admit that we aren’t able to do it ourselves.
Prayer: 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. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].