October 18 Daily Rhythm

Psalm 25:11-15

For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great. Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land. The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

You are the God of my salvation. Why? the opening line above does not say to rescue you. It does not say because you are special. It says, “for your name’s sake.” There is reason to rest deeply in this. For if our salvation and life had anything to do with us, we could not rest. But he saves us for his own glory. We can and should live in light of that.

Psalm 25:16 – 18

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.

The God of all Glory has chosen to bind up his glory in saving you. God created you to be whole, full, healthy and joyous in his glory! This afternoon thank him that he has bound himself to you in this way.

Psalm 25:19 – 22

Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me. Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Let’s talk about your “foes.” You have your own heart (deceitful above all else), Satan, the accuser and enemy of grace, and then there are the things around you. These foes can sometimes appear attractive, but they are out to destroy you. Why do you suppose the Bible is full of imagery about “nets and traps?” It is God that can save you from these. Ask him to.