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Make Me Know Your Ways

June 16, 2016

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Make Me  Know Your Ways

We have many things that influence us  —  home life,  community,  schools, and media of every sort.     Some of the influence  is good and right  —  and some is very bad,  as we all know.     We might most often think about  what is influencing  our children,  but we also need  to be aware  of what is really influencing us.     What do we let  influence us?

That’s what King David  was concerned about.     He was influenced  by all sorts  of things  in this world  —  enemies,  battles,  friends,  family,  riches,  and the challenges  of being a king  —  but that is not  what he wanted  to be influenced by.     We are shown David’s deepest,  heartfelt wish  for influence  in Psalm 25:4-7,

Make me know Your ways,  O LORD;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me  in Your truth  and teach me,
For You are the God  of my salvation;
For You  I wait  all the day.      

Remember,  O LORD,  Your compassion  and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they have been  from of old.
Do not remember  the sins  of my youth  or my transgressions;
According  to Your lovingkindness  remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O LORD.

The very best influence  anyone can have  is the influence  of God  in our lives.     The LORD made us  and sustains us throughout  our lives.     His love and guidance  can really be depended upon,  because we can see  throughout the whole Old Testament  how He prophesied  a Savior  and how He fulfilled His prophesies  in the smallest details  in the New Testament.

That is power,  love,  and a faithfulness  that can be trusted.     That is why we can be assured  that having God’s influence  in our lives  is the very best influence.

Notice how David wants God  to work in his life  “For Your goodness’ sake,  O LORD”.      We need to trust God’s  “goodness”,  as we let Him “teach” us  through His eternal word  —  not through someone else’s opinion.     Because God is good,  He will “teach” and  “lead” us  as we  keep looking  to Him.

Knowing the joy  of God’s “goodness”,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for Your faithful truths.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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