Psalms of Honesty and Truth
When school is in session, much learning is presented in many different ways. We evaluate ourselves as teachers with questions. Will the students understand? Will they take the information in and internalize it so they can use it now and later in life? Will it help them to make better choices? Will they look for the good and do that or will they look only for what is easy and just get by in life? Teachers who want the best for their students think like this and in many other ways for they are there to help.
David says, “Show me how you work, Yahweh; School me in your ways. Take me by the hand; Lead me down the path of truth.”
David looks to God for the lessons taught and asks for forgiveness for not listening at times. David reminds us that there are “set backs” as well as “move forwards” in our life, but God is there to teach, to guide, and to redirect us.
Yes, our teacher, God, is “fair and just; He corrects the misdirected, sends them in the right direction.” Just last week I overheard a teacher say out loud to one of our visiting classes, “they never get this”. It broke my heart to hear it. God is not that kind of teacher.
Yes, Lord, school me in Your ways…take me by the hand…
Psalm 25, The Message
A David Psalm
1-2 My head is high, God, held high;
I’m looking to you, God;
No hangdog skulking for me.
3 I’ve thrown in my lot with you;
You won’t embarrass me, will you?
Or let my enemies get the best of me?
Don’t embarrass any of us
Who went out on a limb for you.
It’s the traitors who should be humiliated.
4 Show me how you work, God;
School me in your ways.
5 Take me by the hand;
Lead me down the path of truth.
You are my Savior, aren’t you?
6 Mark the milestones of your mercy and love, God;
Rebuild the ancient landmarks!
7 Forget that I sowed wild oats;
Mark me with your sign of love.
Plan only the best for me, God!
8 God is fair and just;
He corrects the misdirected,
Sends them in the right direction.
9 He gives the rejects his hand,
And leads them step-by-step.
10 From now on every road you travel
Will take you to God.
Follow the Covenant signs;
Read the charted directions.
11 Keep up your reputation, God;
Forgive my bad life;
It’s been a very bad life.
12 My question: What are God-worshipers like?
Your answer: Arrows aimed at God’s bull’s-eye.
13 They settle down in a promising place;
Their kids inherit a prosperous farm.
14 God-friendship is for God-worshipers;
They are the ones he confides in.
15 If I keep my eyes on God,
I won’t trip over my own feet.
16 Look at me and help me!
I’m all alone and in big trouble.
17 My heart and kidneys are fighting each other;
Call a truce to this civil war.
18 Take a hard look at my life of hard labor,
Then lift this ton of sin.
19 Do you see how many people
Have it in for me?
How viciously they hate me?
20 Keep watch over me and keep me out of trouble;
Don’t let me down when I run to you.
21 Use all your skill to put me together;
I wait to see your finished product.
22 God, give your people a break
From this run of bad luck.
What do we learn?
–Psychologist M. Scott Peck writes, “Once we truly know that life is difficult–once we truly understand and accept it–then life is no longer difficult.” David knew that the path of life wasn’t easy, but he succeeded in the journey because he held to three unwavering assurances.
1. God will help us.
2. God can be trusted.
3. Trusting God brings victory.
What better teacher is there than God, Himself?
Dear Heavenly Father, School me, still and help me to listen and learn well. In Jesus Name, Amen