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Praying Psalm 25, verse 1

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"In you, Lord my God, I put my trust."

Psalm 25:1, New International Version

Because personal prayer is a very individualized act, my discussion of praying Psalm 25 will be written in first person perspective.

In you alone, Lord my God, I put my trust.

I know that I cannot trust myself. In all the areas I seemed strongest, I have failed.

Lord, I thought I could trust my brain to perform as needed, but a sudden shift in body chemistry left me grasping to remember my own address and phone number at a fairly young age.

Lord, I thought I could trust my body, but this girl who could walk for hours and hike for miles, and loved to climb, was reduced, at one point, to driving the electric cart while shopping for groceries.

Lord, I thought I could trust doctors, but ended up living a nightmare for many years, due to inconsistent care and undiagnosed disease.

Lord, I thought I could trust my family, but my family is only human. Nobody can always understand me or know exactly what I need. Lord, I have a wonderful family, but even those who love me most are beset with their own needs and weaknesses, no matter how much they love me.

Lord, I thought I could trust my friends, but many times, friends let me down, sometimes by accident, and sometimes on purpose. Besides, not even the best of friends can always be there for me. Sometimes they may be struggling with burdens greater than my own!

I thought I could trust the church. Lord, zeal for your house consumed me! But I found it an unwelcoming place for someone who is sick, or poor, or who is not willing or able to conform to whatever strict doctrinal, philosophical or political agenda any particular denomination or congregation espouses. As long as I could do it all, I was accepted. Once I couldn't, there was no place for me.

I thought I could trust my country, but oh, how broken is my beloved land! How thoughtlessly, in this "one nation under God," we neglect our very own national family. Even many needful second chances are offered only to those who excelled when their strength was lowest, not those fell beneath life's heaviest blows. Those who most need help are often judged as undeserving and left behind. Oh, Father! Open our eyes and heal our land!

Father God, people, even at our best... we fail each other! Friendships that aren't based on what one can give are rare and to be treasured. Lord, you alone, are the friend who stands strong and unfailing.

I think of phrase from an old hymn:

"The arm! of flesh will fail you. You dare not trust your own."

Only Jesus fully accepts us, loves us and has no agenda but to heal our brokenness. That's why I sing:

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,

Leaning on the everlasting arms;

What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,

Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;

Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,

Leaning on the everlasting arms;

O how bright the path grows from day to day,

Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;

Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,

Leaning on the everlasting arms;

I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,

Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;

Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

Have you discovered that God alone is strong enough to trust with your greatest needs and deepest longings, or are you still expecting certain people to be your "everything?"

Are you down on yourself because you haven't been the Superhuman hero you've expected yourself to be? Admit you are human, and allow others to be human, also.

Give yourself and others permission to be weak. God alone is perfect. No mortal can fill God's role in our lives! When we love people, but worship God alone, we set each other free to walk in God's light together.

Continue praying Psalm 25

"Leaning on the Everlasting Arms," by A.J. Showalter

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