Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 6.5.22

By June 5, 2022Daily Bread

Good morning!

I hope this day finds you and your family well. I invite you to take a few moments with me to read and reflect upon today’s scripture selection — and to carry these thoughts with you into your day.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 25:4-10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
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.

 

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

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 live a life 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).

What path are you following?  When I was young, I remember hearing a pastor ask a question that has stayed with me through the years:  When you get where you’re going, where will you be?

 

Hymn: “Lead me, Lord,”

Psalms 5:8 and 4:8, music by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1861)

Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness,
make thy way plain before my face.
For it is thou, Lord, thou, Lord only,
that makest me dwell in safety.

Teach me, Lord, teach me truly how to live,
that I may come to know thee,
and in thy presence serve thee with gladness,
and sing songs of praise to thy glory.

Thank you for sharing this moment of your day with me, with God, and with these reflections on a portion of scripture.  I hope you will carry these with you throughout your day and night.

Grace and Peace,


Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

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