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David knew God in an intimate way. He had learned to trust him in every area of his life (v 1). Our God is an active Father who is fully in touch with each one of his children. He is totally trustworthy. He will never let us down (v 3). His involvement with us is deeply personal. I can look back on my life and see God’s hand of influence, teaching and guidance being constantly there.
Consider in the past where your Father has:
- Taught you (v 4)
- Guided you (v 5)
- Forgiven you mercifully (vv 6,7)
- Remained faithful (v 10).
But what about the future? Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, (Hebrews 13:8), so therefore, as we face an unknown future with all its troubles, he will continue faithful to us. Read the promises of verses 12-17 and be encouraged that the Lord will fulfil his purposes in your life.
One of the sure ways we can know the Lord’s grace and guidance is by being humbly teachable. I notice that five times David speaks of being taught by the Lord (vv 4,5,8,9,12). Pride is one of those besetting sins we can recognize in others but easily ignore in ourselves. David faces many trials and difficulties but looks to the Lord to provide more grace (vv 16-20). When trouble or opposition comes our way, may we see this as a time when the Lord is teaching us humility and as a way of us becoming more teachable.
Lord thank you for leading and guiding me in the past. I ask for much grace and teaching as I seek to honour you in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.