Commit Your Ways

Day 205

Prayer for the day

My mouth shall recount your mighty acts and saving deeds all day long; though I cannot know the number of them.

Scripture for the day

Psalm 37-39, Acts 26

If life on planet Earth has taught us anything, it’s that no one, no matter how great we think they are, is really good. The scriptures tell us that no one is righteous. No one is morally upright, upstanding or truly and fully and wholly godly.

How then are we supposed to follow the Psalmist’s injunction to commit our ways to God? We know that committing our ways to God is virtually impossible. Our commitment to God constantly wavers. We can’t keep up with our devotion, we can’t avoid our sin, we constantly seek evil even when we know the good. We, in so many ways, are hopeless. Even when we think we’re doing right, we do wrong.

Paul learned the hard way about wanting to do right but doing wrong instead. He persecuted the very Lord he claimed to serve through his ignorance of the Way and his persecution thereof. He claimed to love his God, but he was persecuting that God and the ones who followed him.

David knew what it meant to lie. All of those who wrote Psalms knew what it meant to not be good. Everyone who wrote scripture, everyone who lived during that time, and everyone now knew (and knows) what it means to be a sinner. We know what it means to fall short.

Yet David’s recommendation stands. David and the Psalmists as well as Paul knew that regardless of our sin, it is still our responsibility to commit our ways to God. There is no guarantee we will be “safe” but the God we follow will protect our ways as we seek to commit ourselves to Him.

Commitment. Our desire to know God needs to be matched by our desire to be known by God and to give ourselves fully to His work.

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