Mid Week Devotion 03/24/2021 “Make Your Path Known”
Good morning, afternoon or evening, depending on when you are watching this March 24 mid-week devotion. I want to extend a greeting to those of who are joining in today, however you found us, welcome! My name is Pastor Mel, I trust you find this space comforting, refreshing and safe as we continue to journey through life together.
Let us share in our Lenten Prayer
Jesus, bless what you have given,
Help our appreciation of all that we have received.
Feed our souls again on this day with bread from heaven.
We invite to You be within our hands, and mouths and hearts.
Guide and lead us on our Lenten journey. Amen
Now, Lord, be with us as we pray the words which you have given to us;
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, For ever. Amen.
SCRIPTURE – Psalm 25
1 In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
2 I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.
May God add a blessing to the reading and hearing of the Word.
DEVOTION: “Make Your Path Known”
It seems to me that the Psalmist does not know the ways of God, at least not fully. During my March 21 Sunday morning message, I suggested asking for help in understanding obedience to God’s will.
This is exactly what the author of this Psalm is doing. David is asking for help from God. He seems to admit his ways are flawed and acknowledges that God’s ways are better. David wants something better, something more, he is asking God to show him the way.
Do any of you have a difficult time with directional awareness? Meaning, have you walked out of a store in a mall and turned the wrong way? After two or three stores you realize you just came from that way and now you need to turn around?
Maybe you have a hard time with other kinds of directional awareness, like north, south, east and west. Many people prefer left and right directions instead or geographical directions like what familiar landmark is it closest too? I am not sure how many people even look at paper maps anymore. We have GPS on our phones and installed in our cars now.
No matter how we find our way, we need help. Oh, we may not ask, especially if we are prideful drivers, but in the end we all need some kind of help to get from one place to another. The earliest travelers relied on the sun, moon and stars. Eventually maps were invented and we developed road signs and traffic signs to help guide us.
Unfortunately, these earthly ways may lead us the wrong way. We can be fooled by what we believe to be true. David seems to be in this state of in our reading today. He is simply stating the obvious, I am on the wrong path and I need help.
It isn’t just today; David is admitting to God that he has taken the wrong path for a while now and is asking forgiveness on his past mistakes. Don’t we all want forgiveness from the past? To be set free from memories that hold us back? I know the enemies David refers too are not his past memories. But for you and I they very well could be.
Sometimes those old memories are the enemy and keep us on the wrong path. I ask you to surrender them to God. Don’t live in shame and guilt. God’s solution for David, and for us as well; choose a new path going forward. Starting right now, Lord, help me find a new path, David seems to be saying.
David has chosen too many paths that were pleasing to himself, now he wants a path that will please God. David, like all Hebrew children, knows the Torah, which is the first 5 books of the Bible. To David, to word Torah means ‘instruction’, not commands or rules. He knows he can trust God to help him find his way if he allows himself to be open to instruction from God.
Our map to understanding and trusting God is our Bible. The Bible is a roadmap to a closer relationship with God. Take time today to study a passage of the Bible and see if it doesn’t reveal a new landmark for you on your journey. I also recommend taking time to pray to God. Don’t be afraid to be bold in your prayers, don’t be surprised if the answer requires that you change the path you are on.
God loves you and wants you to stay on the right path. The path that leads to the resurrected Jesus at Easter. All paths lead to the empty tomb, but they begin in millions of different places. One of those paths is the one you are on. If you feel, like David, that you may have drifted, stop and ask God for directions. There is no shame in relying on God for help.
May God’s peace be with you until we meet again, stay safe and God bless.