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Still Got a Long Way to Go

March 2, 2016

There’s a lot I don’t know.

Yesterday morning was one more realization of this.

Pastor Jessica and I are working our way through the Psalms in the back of The United Methodist Hymnal with our Tuesday Morning Bible Study groups. This was her idea, and it’s excellent. Along with our groups’ members, I’m finding a vault of riches in some Psalms we might have otherwise overlooked.

Yesterday morning’s Psalm was one of those.

Psalm 25:1-10 is in two parts. The first 7 verses are a prayer. At verse 8 it turns into an Affirmation of Faith.

Picture two friends sitting in worship together. One elbows the other at the end of the prayer and whispers something about how good God is. That’s the structure of these first 10 verses.

The undercurrent of Psalm 25:1-10 is felt in the recurrent verbs. Seven times in these 10 verses there’s mention of God calling us forward into deeper understandings  and more faithful actions —

“Make me to know your ways, O Lord”

“Teach me your paths”

“Lead me in your truth”

“Teach me”

“The Lord instructs sinners”

“(The Lord) leads the humble”

“(The Lord) teaches”

In preparing for yesterday morning’s time of thinking together about Scripture and the worship elements that surround it, the only concluding song to sing and have running through our heads and hearts the rest of the day was this one —

I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.

Chorus:
But “I know Whom I have believed,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.”

I know not how this saving faith
To me He did impart,
Nor how believing in His Word
Wrought peace within my heart.

I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing us of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him.

I know not when my Lord may come,
At night or noonday fair,
Nor if I walk the vale with Him,
Or meet Him in the air.

There’s a lot I don’t know. Still have a lot to learn. Got a long way to go.

The verses of that song reminded me of that yesterday.

But because of God’s “steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ps. 25:10), I can be certain of one thing. Or, more accurately, one Person.

I missed most of verse 3 with our second group yesterday morning. One of those moments when “something happened, and now I know” as another song says so well. The “something” in this case was so overwhelming my eyes filled with tears and the song on the page got blurry.

But the song in my heart was clear.

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