I Give My Life

O Lord, I give my life to you.
I trust in you, my God!
Do not let me be disgraced,
or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.
No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced,
but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.

Show me the right path, O Lord;
point out the road for me to follow.
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.
Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love,
which you have shown from long ages past.                    Psalm 25:1-16 (NLT)

The first line of this psalm is so familiar and rolls off the tongue so easily. Then the enormity of what I have said pierces my heart. Give my life, the whole of it, the control of it to God, of whom I do not fully understand?

But then the psalm writer talks about trust. As openly as he says that he gives his life to God, he says he trusts God. How do you trust what you cannot see? How do you trust the One who is so immense that He cannot be contained in any description?

Look at the God-promises that the psalmist lists.

No one who trusts God can be humiliated or disgraced.
If you are a liar, a deceiver, you will be disgraced.
If I ask, God will guide me and teach me His truths that will set me in the path that He has for me.
God saves me. He saves me from what will truly kill me, hopelessness. He is hope.
God is compassion and love, unfailing love.

I need to “steep” myself in God’s promises. The lies and half-truths of Satan are readily available for my consumption. They buzz around my life, sounds bytes in commercials on the screen of my mind.

It is a choice that I make several times a day. What will I listen to? What will I read? To whom do I seek wisdom? What or who has proven their worth in wisdom and truth?

It is God who has proven Himself throughout my life, even when I wasn’t consciously seeking that proof. He has been faithfully with me every minute of my life. Even in my darkest moments, I have known He was there. Though our relationship has had distant ‘seasons’, I can look back and say with certainty that it was I who moved away from God, hoping to successfully go my own way. And no matter how I have raised my fists and beat my chest in anger, when I am weak from the fight and can only whimper His name, I feel God pick me up and hold me, gently, yet His strength transfusing into me.

When the day is difficult, questions that seem to have no solutions swirling around, it is time to get quiet and let my mind and spirit “laser in” on God, who He is and allow His promises to soak into every corner of this life – that I give to Him.

Let the Weight of Your Glory Fall written and sung by Paul Wilbur

 

 

 

 

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