Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Ps. 25:5)
Expanded Passage: Psalm 25:1-9
On a hike to Pulpit Rock in Norway, our experienced guide encouraged our family to take the lead heading down the mountain. Even though we’d never been on the path before, our guide pointed out that all we had to do was follow the red marks along the way. As long as we kept looking for the next mark, we knew we were on the right path. At one point, we lost sight of the marks. We found ourselves at a bubbling brook, the ground muddy, rocky, and slippery. Somehow, we had gotten off track, but our wise and patient guide assured us that if we just kept looking, we would again find our way back to the correct path.
David confidently and vulnerably came before the Lord, his guide, seeking instruction, direction, and forgiveness. David knew and trusted the marks of God’s character, and therefore was willing to humble himself, declaring his own need and asking for help. Some of these marks of God’s character include trustworthiness, justice, truth, mercy, love, and goodness. These marks helped guide David along the path of life, and they continue to guide us today.
At the end of our hike, our guide awarded us with a pin and said, “Well done. You completed your journey.” As we follow our Eternal Guide, may we hold on to the hope of hearing those same words.
Notice and follow the marks of God around you.
Jenn Petersen is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church, Director of Mobilization NYC for International Justice Mission, and co-founder/pastor of Resurrection Life NYC in Manhattan.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.