1 In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
David, who wrote the Psalms, starts this psalm by declaring how he puts his trust in God. Not in circumstances, people or worldly things. It is because of this trust and confidence in God’s promises and His character, that David can say in verse 2 and 3; no shame will over take him. However it is worth noting that God isn’t a genie that one could ask certain favours and once it’s been granted you depart from God. We clearly see in the remaining of these verses how David is asking God to show and teach him God’s ways and commandments, to guide him in the truth and to remind him of God’s love and how impossible it is for David to achieve any of this on his own account. It’s because God saved David from his sins, that David can now have the confidence to put his faith and trust in God, who would also redeem him and rescue him from shame. What a great psalm to pray to God and praise His great name (Con).
Thoughts for the day
- What do you define trust as and do you fully trust God with all of your life?
- How often in your prayer time do you view God as a genie?
- Do you worship God for who He is or what He can do or give to you?
Grab your camera and go for a prayer walk with the intention of taking photos of the beauty you see in people, buildings and nature. As you pray, ask God to speak and reveal more of His creativity to you.