The Journey

7 Oct

Psalm 25 sets up the good guys and the bad guys.  Those who follow God and those who are enemies of those who follow God.  We have seen this style of psalm before; the writer is on God’s side and asks for protection from the enemies they make because of their God-choice.

“My head is high, God, held high;
I’m looking to you, God;
No hangdog skulking for me.

I’ve thrown in my lot with you;
You won’t embarrass me, will you?
Or let my enemies get the best of me?

Don’t embarrass any of us
Who went out on a limb for you.
It’s the traitors who should be humiliated.”

Yet, this psalm also asks God’s help with the journey, to find the right path.  I like that the psalmist also asks forgiveness for the stupidity of youth.

“Forget that I sowed wild oats;
Mark me with your sign of love.
Plan only the best for me, God!

God is fair and just;
He corrects the misdirected,
Sends them in the right direction.”

This psalmist expresses the trust in following God’s way.  Last time I wrote I talked about “growing” the fruits of the Spirit.  And I think that’s what we are suppose to be doing on our journey, no matter where we are.  So, I think this right direction is one that leads us into deeper and deeper love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

I also like these lines in the psalm:

“My question: What are God-worshipers like?
Your answer: Arrows aimed at God’s bull’s-eye.”


“If I keep my eyes on God,
I won’t trip over my own feet.”

And –

“Use all your skill to put me together;
I wait to see your finished product.”

In my Christian journey, it is clear to me that I have to keep my eyes on God, so I don’t trip.  And even then, I usually fall in some way.  I think that is why I have always like the story of the person who asked the monk, “What do you do at the Monastery?”  The monk answered, “We fall and we get up.”  I think it is the getting up part that is important.  All of us fall, it is getting back up to try again, and again, and again that make the difference.

I really like the final verse of the psalm that I quoted.  I believe it has taken all of God’s love and creativity and patience to put me together so far.  I wonder what the finished product will look like.

Thanks for reading my ramblings.  just a final note.  THE ORIOLES ARE IN THE PLAY OFFS!!


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