June 21, 2011

Psalm 143:8-11

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD,
for I hide myself in you.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.

I read this a couple of days ago and was drawn back to it again this morning, as I was thinking about my dependency on God throughout my days.  I've been convicted of my tendency to stick to platitudes in prayer rather than opening up to God and allowing Him deep into my worries, fears, doubts, sin, and failures.  If I stick to  the surface, I stay in  control; I like to be in control.  If I open up, I risk being exposed.

But with exposure, comes freedom!

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love ...

When we put our trust in God, we start in a secure place.  Then from there He  shows us the way to go, directing us from paths of destruction that we've chosen before.  He will rescue us from our enemies, namely THE enemy who hates us because we are allied with the Father.  He teaches us to do His will, not under compulsion, but in response to His unfailing love.

The Psalmist has put his trust in God, lifted his soul up to God, and hidden himself in God, because God is his God - a Person who loves him, shows him the way to go, rescues him from his enemies, and teaches him to do His will.

May His good Spirit lead you on level ground as you
place your trust in,
lift your soul to,
and hide yourself in
your God of unfailing love.

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