As we did throughout Advent 2011 and Lent 2012, we are blogging our way through the Advent 2012 Lectionary Readings. We love this time of year, and sharing with you in this way. Our overarching theme during this season is “Preparing the Path” and our prayer is that as we march together toward the manger, we will prepare the way for Emmanuel.
A reading from the book of Psalms.
To you, Yahweh, do I lift my soul.
My God, I have trusted in you. Don’t let me be ashamed. Don’t let my enemies triumph over me.
Yes, no one who waits for you shall be shamed. They shall be shamed who deal treacherously without cause.
Show me your ways, Yahweh. Teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation, I wait for you all day long.
Yahweh, remember your tender mercies and your loving kindness, for they are from old times.
Don’t remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions. Remember me according to your loving kindness, for your goodness’ sake, Yahweh.
Good and upright is Yahweh, therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.
He will guide the humble in justice. He will teach the humble his way.
All the paths of Yahweh are loving kindness and truth to such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
— Psalm 25:1-10 (WEB)
Some of the most difficult times to trust God are the times when we are out on a limb, looking foolish while others are watching us, waiting for us to fail. Our flesh wonders if we fell through the cracks and he forgot about us. Our spirit reminds us of the nature and character of God. These verses in Psalm 25 tell us that his nature and character is truth, tender, merciful, loving, kind, faithful, ancient, unchanging, good, upright, and just. He shows us, teaches us, guides us, and instructs us in living life his way with his character in us, working through us.
The truth is that if we are not trusting in God who is guaranteed not to fail us, then we are trusting in something else (which we have made an idol) that is guaranteed to fail us! The problem is that we get to believing that God must meet our expectations in our way, and when he does what is better for us than we in our finite minds can understand, we feel disappointed.
I want to invite you, with me, to confess times when you have accused God of being unfaithful, to confess trusting in idols instead of trusting in Him who is jealous for our love, to confess pride in your life that has created a heart that is unteachable. If there is anything you feel God is wanting to correct in your life to bring you closer to him so you can trust him in everything, I encourage you to confess the sin and receive his salvation and deliverance for you.
After confessing and receiving forgiveness through Jesus Christ our Lord, ask God to fill you with his spirit of humility and to show, teach, guide, and instruct you in his way. And know that as he thinks of you, he does not remember the sins of your youth, nor your transgressions. Rather he sees you marked with his love because of his goodness. I bless you with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to trust in Yahweh with all your heart. Amen.