Psalm 25:1, 8-11
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. . . .
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
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
For the sake of your name, Lord,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
Written on every one of our coins is our country’s motto, “In God we trust.” These words of the psalmist are a good reminder for us, that we do put our trust in God. We trust that God has a plan for our lives and it is good. We trust in God because we call God good and upright; God is able to instruct his people to follow in his ways, even though we don’t always do what we should. We trust that God will continue to teach us right ways, and call us back from wrong places where we have gone.
The psalmist writes that God guides the humble in what is right. That reminds me that in order for God to teach me, I need to cultivate a receptive heart. I cannot presume I know what is right without God’s guidance. I have to accept that God’s good is greater than mine, and bow down before God’s ultimate authority. I have to better listen to what God has to say, if I am going to let God guide me.
Yes, Lord, you are in all things loving and faithful – that is your character. That’s who you are. You should make demands of us, because you are God and we are but your creation. You made us, not the other way around. None of us can completely keep God’s commands, yet it is a joy that we can ask God for forgiveness and know it will be granted.
Dear God, in righteousness you will judge all people. That’s your job, not mine. Keep me from being critical of others in ways I should not, but instead let you do your work. Let me put my trust in you in all facets of my life, to the glory of your name. Amen.