“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.” (Psalms 25:1—7)
King David’s relationship with God is something to be emulated and imitated. David has such a child-like trust in God that he always pours out his heart and his struggles to him. David faced many enemies who hated him and wanted to overwhelm and overcome him. Some of his enemies knew of their intention to harm him, but other enemies treated him treacherously without a cause. Some people who betray him must have been people who are among his own peers. They are people whom he knew. Some of our enemies are not people that we do not know. Many of the people who become our enemies are people who, at one time or another, had a closer relationship with us.
In the midst of David’s concerns and struggle with people around him, there are things that I learn I can do. I cannot change how people treat me nor what they plan to do to me. I learned from David these important truths.
- PRAY…I must always beseech God’s will in all situations.
- BE OPEN AND BE SPECIFIC with my prayers. Let God know exactly what I am facing.
- ASK GOD TO SHOW AND TEACH ME HIS WAYS of responding to every challenge.
- ASK GOD TO GUIDE AND TEACH ME OF HIS TRUTH. There is always my truth or my enemy’s truth, but there is God’s truth. God knows what really is going on and how to guide me to his truth.
- EXPRESS MY HOPE IN GOD ALWAYS
- OWN UP TO MY OWN FAILURE and take responsibility for my own sins. David recognized the sins of his youth and his rebellious ways and ask God to be gracious and good to him.
It seems like some of David’s sins of his youth and his rebelliousness have caught on to him later in his life. His arrogance, pride, and how he treated people as a youngster is now catching up and has caused him trouble. But David knew where to go with all his struggles.
I am grateful for the lessons from David this morning on how to bring all my troubles to God and be truthful in owning the problems I cause myself. Problems are not necessarily problems but are issues that remind me to pray and to seek God for his will and purpose in every situation. I will strive to do this daily to allow God to teach me how to solve problems his way.
Jesus, I look to you daily. I have the tendency to try and solve problems with my own strength. Teach me to always seek your truth when I face a relationship challenge with others. Teach me to seek your ways and find your truth in the difficult challenges I face in life. Help me never to depend on my own wisdom but to trust you. Help me to acknowledge you in all that I do. Amen!