Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Special thanks to Peggy Graff and her guests for providing this uplifting and inspiring addition to us in her Hymn-a-Day May series. I pray that these paired daily selections will uplift your spirits and feed your soul as much as it does mine.
Psalm 25:4-10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.
6 Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
Make me know your ways. Teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth. Teach me. Be mindful of your mercy and your steadfast love. Do not remember the sins of my youth. Remember me. These are the petitions in the Psalmist’s prayer. There is a deep desire to understand and to live a life that is faithful to the way God desires.
The image of life as a journey and choosing the right way or path or gate is found throughout the Bible. In Psalm 23 the psalmist declares that God “leads me in the paths of righteousness.” In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus says, ““Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” In John 14, Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” The earliest Christians were called people belonging to The Way (See Acts 9:2, Acts 18:25-26, Acts 19:9, Acts 19:23, Acts 24:14, Acts 24:22).
I remember hearing a pastor when I was young ask a question that has stayed with me through the years: When you get where you’re going, where will you be?
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster