“Show me the path where I should go, O Lord; point out the right road for me to walk. Lead me; teach me; for you are the God who gives me salvation. I have no hope except in you. Overlook my youthful sins, O Lord! Look at me instead through eyes of mercy and forgiveness, through eyes of everlasting love and kindness.” Psalm 25:4-7
As I prepared to write this article, I ran across an old gospel hymn, very popular in the church in which I was raised and to my surprise this hymn has been recorded by the ever famous Elvis Presley. The song “Without Him” simply states,
Without Him, I could do nothing
Without Him, I’d surely fail
Without Him, I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail
Without Him, I would be dying
I’d be enslaved
Without Him, life would be worthless
But with Jesus, thank God I’m saved
This twenty-fifth Psalm is a reminder of our dependence and plea for help from our sovereign God. It is a display of the heart of a well taught believer in a season of crisis. The author, David, first casts his trust upon God and then pleas to God for His help. He says, “…show me the path where I should go, O Lord; point out the right road for me to walk.” Remember, a path is a way or track laid down for walking or made by continuous treading. So, David tells God to show him the way that’s been laid out for him or show him the shortcut to his destination. Then he talks about the “right road” and this shows us that roads are wide and lead from one place to another. In other words David is saying, show me the direct route from this place to the next. I have an assignment and I don’t want to be late, so point out the right road for me to walk!
Throughout the past year, some of us have been crying out for help. Sick of living with the restrictions of the pandemic, tired of our working situation, upset about lost loved ones, and angry about the transitions and adjustments. It has been a season of crisis and even now some of us are thinking about loved ones and asking God for help to make it through.
But as we deal with the toils of everyday life. Never forget to speak those things that be, not as though they were. Because the power of life and death is in our tongue. We may not have all the answers and we surely can’t map out the mind of God, but because of His track record, I believe that God’s about to show out! Anytime the children of Israel found themselves in crisis. They would always plead to God and He would come in and Show Out. All we’ve got to do is cry out to Him in the midst of our crisis. Remember how He delivered at the Red Sea, how He gave victory at Jericho, how He supplied a Ram in a Bush. Brothers and Sisters, call on the Lord, lean on Him, and watch God show up and show out!
Richard D. Hayes, is the Pastor of New Day Community Church and President of the United Ministerial Alliance.