Guarding My Life

Guard my life and rescue me;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    for I take refuge in you. Psalm 25:20

If you’ve ever seen world leaders move about after they get out of a plane or car, you’ll notice a lot of highly trained security personnel surrounding the leader. Often they wear sun glasses to conceal where they’re actually looking. What you won’t notice are the powerful weapons under their suits. The weapons are large and lethal. It is said that the President of the U.S. is surrounded by no fewer than 200 trained personnel at any one time during the day.

Fortunately, crying out to God to shield and protect us is far more stable than depending on human security guards to take a risk on behalf of their clients. The Lord delights in us crying out to Him. We get a chance to re-establish that relationship with Him, and He gets to bless us with His presence.

Taking refuge in God requires us to humble ourselves and submit to doing His will. Fortunately His tasks are not burdensome at all.

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Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart
    and free me from my anguish.
Look on my affliction and my distress
    and take away all my sins.
See how numerous are my enemies
    and how fiercely they hate me! Psalm 25:16-19

King David certainly cried out to God a lot, didn’t he? I suspect he was a very troubled individual. Going from being on top of the world as a king to being hunted like a fox must have been humiliating.

But he persevered and knew to rely on God as the source of his strength. No one reading this will ever know the stark contrasts he had known, which does not minimize what we go through. It’s just to say that problems exist no matter who you are.

Just like David had done, we can also cry out to God at any moment on any day any where.

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He Confides

Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
    He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
They will spend their days in prosperity,
    and their descendants will inherit the land.
The Lord confides in those who fear him;
    he makes his covenant known to them.
My eyes are ever on the Lord,
    for only he will release my feet from the snare. Psalm 25:12-15

Have you ever told somebody a non-Believer a truth about what you learned in Scripture only for it to fall flat. The person walked away shaking his head that you could actually believe such a thing. We were all like that before Christ. Our spiritual eyes had not been opened yet. A whole new world is open to you when you believe as verses 12 and 14 seems to indicate. He has confided in you and will continue to do so.

Similarly, there are times when your eyes will be opened anew and you begin to tell a Believer what you just learned, but you can’t understand why this person isn’t as excited about what you just told him than he is. Perhaps, though, the Lord has confided in you something that was meant for you and you alone. Not that this information is some mysterious hidden Bible code but something that was meant for you, a truth that you need right now. Two years from now it might be meaningless, but for now it’s significant.

That’s a good place to be.

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Easy to Please

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. Psalm 25:10-11

More than a few reading this devotional grew up with a stern, firm-handed parent (normally a father but not always). Some have the emotional and physical scars to prove it. You read verses like this and are genuinely puzzled by the love and faithfulness of the authority figure. It wasn’t your experience at all. Or equally as significant, your father or mother wasn’t there for you.

You’ve long since dealt with the pain but it comes back every now and then.

Know this: you have a loving and faithful Heavenly Father who always always always has your best interest at heart. He doesn’t do things willy nilly or on a whim. He’s not so elusive that you can’t call out to him. In fact, He wants us to do just that.

He waits patiently for us. Sometimes we’ll confess our sins as in verse 11, and other times we’ll just wait.

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He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way. Psalm 25:9

Humility is one of those attributes you acquire but if you notice you have it, you’re starting to lose it.

In an “it’s all about me” society, we see proud people all over the place. The humble stand out, which if you think about it, is not what they want. The humble, as this verse points out, want to do what is right and are willing to learn.

Contrast that with the proud, know-it-alls. They have an opinion and you should know that it’s the only opinion you’ll ever need; it’s just that good. It – whatever that happens to be at any moment – is, in fact, all about them.

While we chuckle at the definition, all too often we drift over into that camp.

The important takeaway to this is that wanting to learn what is right in every situation is important even if it means letting go of a long held opinion about something.

Of course all of that is IMHO.

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