Our scripture this morning is Psalms 25:1-10.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord! Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
Today marks the beginning of Year C in the Revised Common Lectionary cycle and Sunday is the start of Advent. It is also Thanksgiving here in the USA. May we be thankful for all our many blessings and prepare our hearts to remember the gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The psalmist reminds us of the need for God’s guidance in our lives. He speaks of the blessings that await “those who keep his covenant and his decrees” (v. 10). God wants to draw us into a loving relationship, sharing His creation and teaching us His way.
We often trust our own ways instead, disobeying the commandments we have been given. God calls us to repentance and acceptance of the gift of salvation He offers through Jesus. By asking His forgiveness and following the guidance we have received through His word, we can be restored to His original intent for us.
Loving Lord, we offer our thanks for all we have been given. Help us to use Your gifts wisely, sharing Your love with all the world. Amen.