Psalms – Prayers of Honesty
“If weren’t for bad luck, I have no luck at all.
Gloom, despair and agony on me…”
Psalm 25 gloomWe all get down in the dumps from time to time. We might not sing the song that was humorously sung on the old country show, Hee Haw, but our insides feel like it. We sulk and soak in our despair until physical aches and pain appear. “When it rains, it pours”…was the phrase my mom used to say when bad things happened to us all at once.
Where do we go and what do we do in times like these? Better question…WHO do we turn to when it’s pouring a flood of unfortunate incidents in our lives? David has the answer and explains the greatness of God who never leaves us in our run of “bad luck”.
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.
Psalm 25 best4 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.
Psalm 25, teach me.jpg10 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.
David learns early on in his life that “bad luck” is used to learn important life lessons. “Show me how you work, God; School me in your ways.” This should be our heart cry every time we are challenged with the stuff of life.
“Take me by the hand, lead me down the path of Truth.” When we are neck deep in problems we might not see God’s Truth until we look up and focus on Him and ask for help in seeing what is true versus what is Satan’s scheme to use this life situation to bring us down farther. Sometimes we win, sometimes we learn. God teaches us rich lessons when things don’t go as planned. When we think we have lost, we actually gain from God’s way of schooling us and showing us the right direction to walk or run.
Psalm 25 keep meHEART CHECK:
“You are my Savior, aren’t you?” It’s okay to honest before God in the middle of trouble. His Holy Spirit will comfort, challenge, assure and guide us to His Truth.
What situation is going on in your life that needs the work of God to solve? Are you ready to let Him school you?
David repents of past sin knowing God is fair and just. When we are struggling with a difficult circumstance we need to look inside first, then repent of anything that might be holding us back from God’s resolution. Yes, He is fair and just, but He begins when we repent of our part. “He corrects the misdirected, sends them in the right direction.”
Stop, look inside. Is there anything that you are holding onto that needs to be let go of in God’s view of purity?
After repentance, like David, “Follow the Covenant signs, read the charted directions.” God will indeed show you His ways. Let us throw open the gates of our hearts and minds and let Him have his way in us.
“God-friendship is for God-worshipers; They are the ones he confides in. If I keep my eyes on God, I wont’ trip over my own feet.”
Do you feel like you are “friends” with God? We can be! This is an amazing thought, isn’t it?
This is another amazing thought: We are not finished yet. The paint is still wet. We are still being “schooled” until we meet Jesus.
Our prayer..
“Use all your skill to put me together; I wait to see your finished product.”
In Jesus Name, Amen
Reminds me of an older than me hymn that is better than the song we began with today.
And I’m singing…
Would you live for Jesus, and be always pure and good?
Would you walk with Him within the narrow road?
Would you have Him bear your burden, carry all your load?
Let Him have His way with thee.
His pow’r can make you what you ought to be;
His blood can cleanse your heart and make you free;
His love can fill your soul, and you will see
’Twas best for Him to have His way with thee.
Would you have Him make you free, and follow at His call?
Would you know the peace that comes by giving all?
Would you have Him save you, so that you need never fall?
Let Him have His way with thee.
Would you in His kingdom find a place of constant rest?
Would you prove Him true in providential test?
Would you in His service labor always at your best?
Let Him have His way with thee.
(Let Him Have His Way with Thee
Cyrus S. Nusbaum, 1898)

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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