Psalm 25: 4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
“Good and upright is the Lord,
who shows sinners the way.”
We are blessed to have a God
who does not disregard us.
On the contrary, He is a caring,
compassionate God, willing
to humble himself to share in
our humanity, so that we might
share in His divinity. Who else
would have such regard for sinners,
for believers who disobey Him?
The Lord is talking to all of us here;
we are all sinners. Jesus was criticized
for consorting with sinners, but He
replied that the sick (people like us)
are the ones who need a physician.
We are all able to benefit from the
healing power of Jesus. As our
psalmist says, the Lord is compassionate
and loving. All we have to do is to
humble ourselves before Him and keep
“Make known to me your ways, Lord;
teach me your paths.”
The prophets tell us that if we follow
the Lords way, we will be able to turn
away from sin and avoid death. And
how does the Lord show us the way?
By sending us His son, who is the way,
the truth, and the life!
We know that salvation is available to
us through the coming of the Messiah.
Our psalmist, David, celebrates the
coming of Christ when he says, “You
are God my savior, for you I wait all
the day long.”
And where does the power come from
to turn away from sin? It comes from
the Lord, who “shows sinners the way.”
It is He who encourages us when our
tongues confess –
“The Lord guides the humble rightly,
and teaches the humble His way.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our Psalm response this Sunday is, 'To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.'
As we begin the season of Advent, speak of how you are raised up
spiritually by the coming arrival of our Lord.
2. Our psalmist petitions the Lord to make known His ways and teach
us His paths. Tell of how you have been shown direction by the Lord
along the path of life.