Read Psalm 25:1-7. 1To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 2O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. 3Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. 4Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. 5Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. 6Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. 7Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
Psalm 25 is a prayer for guidance. A prayer to know the ways of the Lord and to be taught his paths. A prayer to be lead in the truths of God while at the same time waiting for his timing. Specifically, King David needs guidance in dealing with external enemies and internal guilt. Enemies that would put him to shame, and guilt that would keep him from lifting up his soul to God.
Do you lift up your soul to God? Do you consistently turn your life over to him?
I’m not talking about re-dedications or re-commitments to Christ. Those are actually rarely done in faith. I’m talking about trusting God with your entire life. Are you actively letting the steadfast love of Christ relieve you of guilt and shame? Is it the cross that has destroyed your enemies, or are you still trying to destroy them on your own? Are your prayers to know the way of God and to be lead in his truths actually just selfish prayers to make your life choices a bit easier, or are they reflective of a desire to truly know and grow up into Jesus who IS the Way and the Truth (and the Life).
To live is Christ is to lift up the soul to God through Christ knowing that all guilt and shame are gone, and that his covenant steadfast love will never leave you or forsake you.
Prayer. Jesus, to you O Lord I lift up my soul. Make me like you – trusting, faithful, dependent, humble, and courageous. I know this will take a lifetime so help me wait patiently on you.
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