Today’s reading is Psalm 25.
The previous psalm explained that whoever lifts up his soul to what is false is not allowed to ascend the holy hill of Yahweh. As if in response, this psalm begins with a clear “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.” In the previous psalm, this kind of person would receive blessing and righteousness from the Lord. In this psalm, the psalmist is asking the Lord to hold true to His word. “Let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.” However, it is more than a request, it is also a confident assertion. “Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame.” He ends this psalm the same place he begins. His foes are many. They are violent and hateful. But he takes refuge in the Lord and waits on Him. Therefore, he asks and expects the Lord to guard his soul and keep him from shame. Today, we recognize that suffering and struggle, whether from enemies or from some other source, isn’t an indication of shame nor does it lead to shame. Paul tells us our suffering produces endurance, our endurance produces character, character produces hope, and our hope does not put us to shame. Further, we are confident this is true because God’s love has been poured into our hearts and the Holy Spirit has been given to us (Romans 5:3-5). The next time you sing “Unto thee, O Lord,” remember there is no shame with the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 25.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, I told your parents about a connection between this week’s psalm and last week’s. I’ll tell you about another one. Psalm 24 ended with the instruction for the gates of the temple to “lift up” their heads so the King of glory could come in. Then the psalm declared that the Lord is the King of glory. Now in Psalm 25, the psalmist says he is lifting up his soul to the Lord. As we learned last week, those who are Christians and the church as a whole are the New Testament temple. We lift up our souls to the King of glory. Of course, you may wonder what it means to lift up your soul to God. That means we worship Him, we pray to Him. We direct our soul’s praise and our soul’s trust to Him. In essence, it means we open our lives to Him to control. In other words, we are opening up the gates of the temple of our hearts, minds, souls, lives to let Him be in charge. Are you willing to lift your soul to the Lord?