The LORD leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all those who keep his covenant and obey his decrees.Psalm 25:10(NLT)
God has strewn our path with encouraging promises, which are scattered throughout His Word. He has pledged to lead us in the paths of righteousness and make the way we take straight and secure. But can we trust His promises? Can we be certain that His Word is true? Indeed we can and this truth is expressed in many of the early psalms of David.
Often in the Book of Psalms, we see David lifting up his heart to the Lord in prayer and praise and calling out to Him for guidance and pardon. His prayers often contain a request for God's help in the face of his enemies, which demonstrates a quiet confidence that God is faithful to His Word and will not let him down.
The promises of God are founded on nothing less than the perfection of God's holy nature. They are rooted in the eternal faithfulness of His everlasting Word, and His Word is securely anchored on the rock of our salvation which is Jesus... Whose name is 'Faithful and True' - "for Faithful is He who hath promised, Who also will do it."
It was David who knew this to be true in his own life, and we find him reflecting on the wonder of the Lord as he prayerfully considers the goodness of God and His faithfulness in meeting sinners and teaching them the way of truth. "All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth," he writes, "His ways lead to gracious love, and He shows His fidelity towards those who keep His covenant and His testimonies."
The faithfulness, mercy, goodness, and grace of God, are no less true today than during that time when David discovered the Lord was his Shepherd, Who gently leads him beside the still waters, faithfully guides him into the way of peace, guards him in the valley of the shadow, and prepares a plentiful table of good things in the midst of all his enemies.
It is only as we remain in Christ, rest in His love, and walk in the path He has planned for us, that we will discover all His paths are strewn with goodness and grace. God is working in our lives with an eternal perspective, and it is only as we walk in harmony with the Lord and remain in accordance with His revealed plans and purposes that we will remain in harmony with His truth.
The way we travel may not be the path of our choosing, nor the way we expected to trudge. The path we take may be covered with difficulties and dangers... but His grace is sufficient for every eventuality we may encounter. He knows the best way for each of us to take for He is the WAY, and we need to trust Him to lead us aright, even when the route is overshadowed by dark and thunderous clouds.
As we trust His Word, carry out His will, abide in Him, and He is us, we will bear the fruit of patience and hone our faith in Him. His way will lead us deeper into fellowship with Himself and enable us to mature in the faith, grow in grace, and gain a deeper knowledge of the holy... for He desires us to enjoy a satisfying and unbroken communion with Himself.
The Lord knows that only as we commune with Him and obey His new commandment to, "love as I have loved," will He be able to pour His streams of living water through us, and equip us to be channels of comfort and refreshment to all those with whom we come in contact.
Lead me, Lord, in the path of Your choosing. Lead me I pray, along a level path, for Your name's sake... for Your love and faithfulness are without measure. Thank You, Father, that You are a faithful God and the One who leads and guides, and You are the One Who corrects and trains, so shepherd me along the path of Your choosing. I trust You to lead me along the path of righteousness all the days of my life. This I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.
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