Passage Reading: “To the chief Musician on Neginoth upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David. O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.“
Christian Womanhood Bible Study Series: Oh Lord, I Will Trust in Thee
God our creator, provides direction for His children. As a believer, one Psalm we can turn to for direction is Psalm 5. In this passage, the Lord allows us to see a fellow believer seeking direction; David. Let’s first look note that:
1. God leads the believer with guidance.
“Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.”
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.“
God desires to lead and direct our lives, if we will seek Him and allow it.
2. God leads the believer that is trusting- straight and plain.
As we saw in Psalm 5:8, David was requesting God to lead him straight. (Do not neglect all that David has been through up until this point.) As we bear witness of God’s written word in David and Goliath. How David has been used up until this time in his cry unto God. David was not a stranger to God or trusting the Lord for his leading.
We can also find in Psalm 27:11, if we wait on God HE desires to provide exactly what we need, when we need it.
“Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”
“For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.“
3. God leads the believer to restoration, peace and/or protection.
As we, believers seek God’s guidance and leading, we must trust He will provide our every need in due season.
Whether it is for correction if we have lost our way, need the fire rekindled, or needing peace…
“Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.“
“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”
…God knows our needs. We can trust Him, He is unfailing! He protects us from so many things that can and cannot be seen. Asking God to lead us each morning and day of the week gives us so much protection. Even in times when God has us wait, it is for our own good and His divine plan.
“But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.“
On a personal note: We travel a lot of miles with our ministry. So many times if there has been a delay in our travel, it has been for our own good and safety.
One particular day I can recall us leaving late from a duty to a quick personal mini-get away to see family. That day in our travels we encountered major delays that were rare for us anyways. Trying to make it work, we ventured on. Until we had a sudden sick child (vomiting in tight quarters is not fun for anyone). Bummed, but wanting the best accommodations and healing for our child, we re-routed our path towards one of our stays. Within the half-hour our little one was comfortable and sleeping. (We even tossed around the idea of salvaging a fraction of the rare get-away.) Instead we prayed and decided it was best to just continue in route toward home. Upon reaching home, we had several concerning messages. Severe weather had ripped through the area we were traveling, the roadways were hazardous and several severe accidents were in the area due to debris, ice and low visibility. The roadway was a mess. We were safe. All by accident- No. God’s protection and provision? Yes. That was enough in itself, we could see God’s hand. BUT, it did not end there. That evening we had everything all situated and prepared if the storm/ a different storm came through. It did affect our area as well over the course of the week. With power on and off; we already had prepared the wood and stove for heat, had extra groceries, lots of blankets handy, and a stocked canning shelf insulated to prevent freezing. Had we not been home, we could not have prepared. If we had not prepared, we would have had a giant mess, some very cold nights or worse. God is always good. Trust His leading, HE knows best.