Psalm 25:1-7 [NLT]
1 O Lord, I give my life to you.
2 I trust in you, my God!
Do not let me be disgraced,
or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.
3 No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced,
but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.
4 Show me the right path, O Lord;
point out the road for me to follow.
5 Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.
6 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love,
which you have shown from long ages past.
7 Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.
Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,
for you are merciful, O Lord.
Oh that it were true – “All day long I put my hope in you.” There are so many things, people and places that distract me. What I do believe to be true is that You put your hope in me all day long. Forgive my waywardness. I give my life to you.
I put my hope in you, get me to … “All day long” Amen.
From “Songs of Jesus”
WHOSE WITS? David’s enemies are opposed to his philosophy of life. His conviction was “that a man must live by the help of God, not by his wits,” a view of life his enemies despised as naive. David admits that without God, the life of integrity would be no match for the self-interested, treacherous power politics of the world (verse 3). Christian integrity means leading a life of purity and celibacy if you are not married and telling the truth even when it will harm your career—things the world sees as stupid. But in the end, it is the world that will be put to shame.
Prayer: Lord, I want to live according to your Word—“your ways,” “your truth” (verses 4–5)—rather than by what will make me popular and powerful. Give me the desire and integrity to live like this. And because this will make me vulnerable, protect me from those who would take the opportunity to harm me. Amen.