Where would you be without God’s mercy? I did have a neat, precise outline for this week’s meditations based on Psalm 33, but as I review these Scriptures, one thought keeps bubbling up to the forefront—Where would I be without the mercy of God on my life? What would my life be like?
I’d be carrying a heavy load of guilt. That’s enough to sap the joy out of anyone’s days. Drowning in the floodwaters of judgment. Without any hope of help in the tough times. Without any refuge that offers comfort and peace. Without any hope of rising above the troubles in my life.
Well, that’s a pretty gloomy picture.
I depend on God’s mercies in my life.
And in our Song of Mercy, the next mercy listed is one I’ve hung onto as I walk uncharted paths.
The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” (Psalm 33:8)
Isn’t every life uncharted? No matter how much we plan, how energetically we try to “control” our lives and plan our future, even the next hour is unknown and ultimately out of our control. Everything about your life or mine could change in the next hour. And who of us could say we have consistently chosen the “best pathway” for our lives?
We spent a week back in June looking at God’s promises of guidance, but today, ponder what a mercy this is.
The Creator does not leave me alone in my journey. He stays with me, every step of the way. And even better, He guides my steps! He advises me and keeps an eye on me.
I would not want to be walking this pathway without my Guide.
Almost eight years ago, I took a turn in the road and went down a pathway completely new for me when I left a long-time job to freelance. I had no guarantees. No work lined up. Not even much of a plan. This verse was my bridge of hope that kept me moving forward.
Life has been very good. Not trouble-free. But very good.
I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
I’m still depending on that, Father. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for this life and your mercy!
Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
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