Scripture: Psalm 5
Key verses: (7-8)
7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house,
I will bow down toward your holy temple
in awe of you.
8 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.
Reflection: The Camino de Santiago is a trip on my bucket list, due to both hearing experiences from friends as well as the movie, “The Way.” In this movie, the actor Martin Sheen travels to France initially to retrieve his son’s body, after he died along the route. As a remembrance, Martin Sheen’s character decides to walk the ancient spiritual trail with his son’s ashes. He meets other pilgrims, as they are all looking for something along “the way.”
The psalmist humbly requests to be led along “the way,” in this passage. The writer of the Psalm will enter God’s house because of God’s merciful, steadfast, and unfailing love. He will bow down, humbling himself, like a loyal servant before a king. He acknowledges God’s authority is through committed love rather than any absolute power, and then requests God lead him, because of his enemies. We may think of enemies as people with whom we are at war or battle. However, in the Psalm, enemies are literally, “those watching me.” The Psalmist is giving up control and depending on God’s love to lead him along the way, knowing people are watching.
Each one of us has a different path, a different “way” that God is leading us. Through steadfast love and righteousness, God is committed through God’s love to us. It’s one of the most defining characteristics of God: love. As I continue to ponder the path ahead, God’s merciful, steadfast, loyal and unfailing love stays with me. Whatever the path might be, it is full of God’s love.
Prayer: Dear God, we are grateful for all of the ways you love us, for your steadfast love and righteousness. Free us from distractions that will stray us from your way forward. And lead us with love. Amen.
Author: Amy Speas
[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].