When You Don’t Know What to Do: The Comfort of Psalm 25

I love Psalm 25. It pulls my heart! It’s such a perfect psalm for anyone reading who doesn’t know what to do next. David writes this:

“Show me your way, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are my God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

He continues:

“Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. . . Who, then, is the man that fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him . . . May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you” 

I think of the phrase, “[God] will instruct [the person that fears the Lord] in the way chosen for him.” It’s so comforting!

When we pray for God to teach us His paths and instruct us in the way chosen for us, we know to look for and consider what form this instruction might take: wise counsel from other Christians, fresh opportunities, peace from the Holy Spirit about certain directions, alignment to scripture, and the desires God gives our hearts.

I wonder, too, if David worried that he might have made a bad decision along the way (like some many of us do!). What now? David says this powerful statement that I often pray when I feel like I’m in a situation that’s not God’s best for me: “My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my foot from the snare.”  

I ask what feels like a “snare.” I pray David’s prayer, and I rejoice that God will not fail to instruct us in the way He chose for us.


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