Throughout Advent, we posted blogs each week based on the Lectionary Readings for the previous Sunday. It was truly an awesome experience to travel through Advent with the universal church by praying, meditating, and responding to those texts. We loved it so much, we thought we’d do it again throughout Lent.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.
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. Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD.
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant.
— Psalm 25:1-10 (NIV)
David is in such a beautiful place in this Psalm.
The place is repentance. Humility. In need of grace.
David picked up the broken pieces of his soul and lifted them as an offering to the Lord whom he trusted. We see a readiness in his desire to know the Lord’s ways, His paths, His truth. As a faithful shepherd himself, he also takes the role of a sheep and trusts the Lord to be Shepherd.
Are we ready to release our position as leader and allow God to lead and teach and reveal and guide and instruct?
Do we trust Him and put our hope in Him to know what is best for us?
Are we ready to retrieve the pieces of our souls from those who have broken and shamed us and in our place of humility and need for grace, to turn fully to our Father and lift that brokenness to Him?
He loves us. He is faithful. He is true and right. He is gracious. He protects us. And He sees you, not according to your sins and rebellious ways, but according to His love. He is good!