Chapter-a-Day Psalm 25

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O Lord, I give my life to you.
Psalm 25:1 (NLT)

I spent the past few mornings on the dock in conversation with my friend, Matthew. As is always the case with Matthew, the conversation meandered like a trail through the woods. We ducked in and out of different subjects and took turns leading. As I look back across the terrain of words that we traversed in our communication, it seems to me that there was a theme that rose out of the constant give and take which was this: the kingdom of God runs opposite of the kingdom of this world and we often miss the most obvious of differences to our detriment.

Perhaps that’s why David’s opening lyric in today’s Psalm jumped off the page at me. It is such a blunt statement of commitment: “I give my life to you.” How often do we approach God about what we expect God to give us?

“Give me safety.”
“Give me health.”
“Give me wealth.”
“Give me a spouse.”
“Give me a child.”
“Give me a job.”

Don’t get me wrong and hear what I am not saying. God makes it clear that He wants us to bring our requests to him. Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive.” I believe, however, that David understood an important principle of Kingdom economics. There is a relationship between giving and receiving. The more we give ourselves completely to God, the more capacity we have to receive the fullness of what He has for us. If we are miserly towards God with our heart, soul, spirit, body, and possessions – then we will be so full of ourselves and the stuff of this world as to have little or no capacity to receive anything God has to give us out of the fullness of His Kingdom.

2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Psalm 25”

  1. This has basically been the theme of my life this year, especially the last few months. All the worship songs that grab me, all of my prayers, all the verses that leap off the page– they’re all about surrender. Job 13:14-16, Galatians 5:16, Luke 9:23, the hymn Though None Go With Me, they’ve all been telling me the same thing. This is where the rubber meets the road. It’s time to act in faith. Keep up the great blogs!

  2. 4 Show me the right path, O Lord;
    point out the road for me to follow.

    Sometimes I struggle with the correct decision. I am thankful that usually I make a decision and don’t turn back…..no regrets. However, when my wife, kids or friends can be impacted by the decision, I tend to waffle a bit more, become more conservative. These are the times this prayer becomes most meaningful to me. God, help me. I can’t do this alone.

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