I was recently blessed with the privilege to write in a devotional book called A Walk Through the Psalms. Southern Seminary published the book in order to help fund women’s scholarships. This is what I wrote (with a writer’s nightmare of a maximum of 250 words):
Background passage: Psalm 25:1-7
“Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; I wait for You all day long” (Psalm 25:5).
As I read this Psalm, I wish I had a life like David – a life submitted to God. However, I question, “How do I stir up this kind of surrender?” “Will I ever walk in full obedience?” This submitted life begins with confidence in God. David’s prayer exemplifies this.
By placing his trust and hope in the Lord, David shows that he believes God will do everything that He promised (vs.1-2). It is with this confidence that David can surrender and pray, “Make Your ways known to me, Lord” (vs.4). For he is convinced that what God shows him will be better than anything he knows. Trusting God’s promises leads David to cry out, “teach me Your paths” (vs. 4). He knows that God’s path is greater than his own. David’s belief in God causes him to request His guidance (vs. 5). Certainty God leads David to internalize God’s faithful promises.
Finding this kind of surrender starts with believing God. We must live like David with our eyes fixed on our faithful God, trusting Him to keep His promises, and by submitting to His powerful word.
Lord, help me to believe in you. Show me your ways, guide me in your truth, and teach me to walk on your paths. Amen.