Tuesday April 23- The Right Path

Psalm 5:7-9

Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe. Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow.

As we keep traveling with God, remember the Psalms are the songbook of Jesus. These are songs sung at worship and sung while traveling. Most of God’s people in ancient times would know every one of these Psalms by heart.  It isn’t so wild to imagine this, as many of us know 150 songs by heart. Something about putting music to words.

That’s why, when we think of songs, we think of poetry with a tune. And the psalms can also be described as Hebrew poetry. A frequently use poetic device in Hebrew poetry is called, “Parallelism.” This is where one line is followed by another line that connects it to the first.

Psalm 5 uses synonymous parallelism. One line is followed by another that is similar.

Enter your house/ worship at your Temple.

Lead me in the right path/ Make your way plain

Because God loves us, we come together to worship him.

God’s unfailing love is his grace. As you know, grace means we are special to God and we don’t have to do anything. Like a newborn baby, God looks at us and his heart explodes with love and we haven’t done anything.

We spend the rest of our lives growing in that kind of love and beginning to use it with others. We don’t love as much as God but we learn to love like God. This is what it means to grow spiritually.

Lead me in the right path-

God doesn’t leave us to ourselves. He protects us. He guides us. We hear from him in his Word and when he speaks to us in our thinking, more than anywhere else. We follow, he leads.

Make your way plain.

And God doesn’t try to get all deep and obscure with us like happens with those who want to dominate us instead of free us. Hey, it’s April 19th. Think about our tax codes. Now, compare our tax code to the words of Jesus. Jesus, actually talks like people talk.

God is clear. If you are listening you will hear. If you are watching, he’ll show up.

ME

Think of a time when you were lost? What went wrong? What did you do?

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