Lent 2013 – day 39

23 Mar

Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

The second half of verse 24 has a lot of different ways of being translated.

Expanded Bible:
Lead me on the road to everlasting life ( everlasting/or ancient way).

Easy to Read:
Lead me on the path that has always been right.

New English Translation:
lead me in the reliable ancient path!

New Life Version:
lead me in the way that lasts forever.

The Voice:
guide me down Your path forever.

The first 4, as well as the way the NIV, at the top, puts it, describe the path. It is everlasting, ancient, always right, reliable and lasts forever. But The Voice tells us what the path is. Or, more precisely, whose path it is.

David is asking that God guide him in His ways for the rest of his natural life and beyond. David is asking for help in being as God is, perfect. He knows the commandments, he knows The Law, he knows he can’t keep it on his own and so he is asking God to lead him in how he lives his life.

It reminds me of a song that I haven’t sung since possibly primary school, “When the road is rough and steep”:
When the road is rough and steep,
Fix your eyes upon Jesus,
He alone has power to keep,
Fix your upon Him;
Jesus is a gracious Friend,
One on whom you can depend,
He is faithful to the end,
Fix your eyes upon Him.

Life’s journey can become hard for us, we can be challenged by things that happen and tempted to do wrong by God. But, as the song says, when this happens we need to fix our eyes on Jesus because He is faithful and dependable and has the power to keep us on His path. And His path will always be tough, for we follow in the path of a man who, though also fully God, carried His cross to Calvary and died to save us. His path is a hard one but one we are all called to. “Pick up your cross and follow me” was his call. So the challenge today, as every day, is to pick up our cross and follow Him, our eyes fixed on His footsteps.

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