Going Deeper 7-10-19

The Psalm for Pentecost 5...
Psalm 25:1-10   To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.  O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.  Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.  Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.  Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.  Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.  Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness' sake, O Lord!  Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.  He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.  All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.

There is indeed great wisdom in this Psalm!  Perhaps one of the wisest requests we can ever bring before God in prayer is this: "Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.  Lead me in your truth..."  There is absolutely nothing more important in our lives that coming to "know" the Lord and His ways and His truth.

The very foundation of wisdom is our humility.  We first need to know how much we do not know.  God is infinite, and we are very finite.  In one sense, we must realize that we are incapable of fully knowing or comprehending our transcendent Creator.  There are times when seeking to know God and His ways ought to simply blow our minds, leaving us in a posture of awe, humility, and praise. 

Another aspect of humility is recognizing that we are broken.  The truth is, we need saving.  Once we know this, we are able to experience God's grace.   We "remember the sins of [our] youth" and our "transgressions", but God doesn't.  In His "mercy... and... steadfast love," God has washed away and forgotten our sins.

From there we are prepared for the next great truth: "He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way."  Our Creator wants us to know and love Him, and He makes His presence something we can experience.  Because of God's steadfast love we are now children of God, and we cooperate with the Holy Spirit of God in embracing the wisdom of living in God's ways, and we desire to "keep his covenant and his decrees."  The more we live our lives according to the good and gracious will of God, the more peace and purpose and true joy we will experience.

We do well to trust this profound wisdom!

With You in His Steadfast Love,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."