Praying with Scripture – Psalm 25: 4 – 10

Advent is a time of waiting. As Henri Nouwen re- minds us, “It is waiting in the knowledge that someone wants to address us. The question is, are we home . . . . ready to respond to the doorbell?”  Advent is a great time to become ready to respond to the doorbell. Psalm 25 reminds us the longings of our hearts – longings  which are promised by God. Perhaps these prayerful questions will help us focus on the blessings that are available  from God and through the coming of Jesus.  

Psalm 25: 4-10 (MSG)

Show me how you work,God;
School me in your ways.

Where have I seen God at work in my life recently?  What can I do to pay more attention to God’s activity in the world and my world?  How does God “school” me?  Am I listening for God’s direction  and/or God’s correction? Why not?

Take me by the hand;
Lead me down the path of truth.
You are my Savior, aren’t you?

Do I follow as my shepherd leads me to green pastures and beside still waters.  Am I allowing God to take my hand? What can I do during Advent to confirm or profess that Jesus is my Savior?

 Mark the milestones of your mercy and love, God;
Rebuild the ancient landmarks!

What are the milestones in my life that mark God’s mercy and love?  Do they still influence me or are they long forgotten?  Do I have to rebuild these landmarks so that they will always be present in my mind.  How can I do that?

 Forget that I sowed wild oats;
Mark me with your sign of love.
Plan only the best for me, God!

Do I feel marked by a sign of God’s love?  If I am unsure that God loves me always and wants only the best of me, how can I recognize the mark of God’s love? How do I learn to trust God more?  What “wild oats” have I sowed that remain unconfessed or even hidden from myself? 

God is fair and just;

He corrects the misdirected,
Sends them in the right direction.

 He gives the rejects his hand,
And leads them step-by-step.

From now on every road you travel
Will take you to God.
Follow the Covenant signs;
Read the charted directions” (MSG).

Do I fully believe that God is “fair and just?”  Am I holding something against God because it seems as if life is not fair? Have I felt rejected by God or by any person? Am I willing to give up my fear or resentment and let God lead me step-by-step to the assurance of his love and to the forgiveness I need to show to others? Am I willing to find God on every road I take, or do I walk some paths I would never want God to know about?  What are the “Covenant signs” for my life?  Where can I find the “charted directions?”

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