Hello, my friend. I was so interested the other day in a conversation with student who said that she has found this exercise of Bible study of exceptional value. She says she has found it helpful to intentionally spend time reading the Psalm for the day and pondering it awhile, before reading my comments. She says that then my brief chat seems to deal with familiar material, and becomes a double blessing.
Now I’m excited to look with you at PSALM 25, filled with treasures of encouragement to all who seriously are seeking the Lord. I was thrilled a couple of years ago when one of my students, told me that vs. 4/5 was his life verse: “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” I had had the privilege of leading Jim to Christ the year before, and he was showing the mark of spiritual health, a desire to grow in Christ, to let the Lord teach him and reveal Himself to Jim.
In fact, you will find further verses in this Psalm along this same line. Vs.12, ‘Who is the man that fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.’ And vs.14, “The Lord confides in those who fear him, who revere and love Him, and He makes His covenant, or His Word, known unto them.”
But isn’t it strange that, after all these words of confidence and trust, David reverts there in vs. 16 by saying, “I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish.” God has never promised to save us from all our troubles, but He has promised always to save us in our troubles, if we allow him to do this. I had a student who had undergone a terrible childhood and was marred and scarred by her early anguish. When I met her, she was preoccupied with her past and she felt she had been injured beyond hope. But when she saw that the quickest way to let a wound heal is to let it alone. To keep picking at it, tearing away the scab, only makes the problem worse. And continually reminding ourselves of our difficulties is to somehow make them even more permanent, will even make the scar more prominent in our thinking. Life is difficult, but the Lord came to save us in our difficulties with the glorious Light of His Presence.
“Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the privilege, in spite of our storm-tossed emotions and our difficulties, of trusting in you, of getting to know and love and share you and to find such healing as we do it. Thank you, Lord, for my friend who is alongside in prayer and blessing. And we pray now for those in very special need, known and loved by You.”
Thank you, partner, for your being alongside. Cheerio!