Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long (Psalm 25:4-5).
This is a psalm asking for deliverance. David is in a world of hurt here–stressed out, ill, and under attack by slanderous enemies. I would expect to find David asking for deliverance, healing, retribution, even forgiveness.
I didn’t expect this.
David asks God, in the midst of all this yuck (pardon the deep theological terminology) to teach him to be more like God.
I wish I could tell you that, in the midst of deep physical and emotional crisis, I would ask God to make me more godly. Alas, I am far more likely to ask him to heal me and cause my enemies to explode.
If you decide to stop reading my blog now, I’ll understand. But, there I am.
Beloved, I hope that God never allows great pain and sorrow into your life. I don’t care if it would make you more godly–I like you too much, and I’m just too selfish. However, if the yuck of this sinful, broken world has to slop over into your life, I pray that God would use it to show you his ways, teach you his paths, and basically make you more like him.
Just don’t go looking for trouble, OK?
Happy Tuesday, Beloved.