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Claiming the Promises of the Psalms: The Promise of Guidance

The humble He guides in justice…He will be our guide even to death…You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory (Psalm 25:9a, 48:14, 73:24).

When I don’t know what to do, I know God does.

His loving direction surrounds us – leading from the front (as a great Commander would do), walking beside us (as a best friend and Comforter would do), and covering the rear (as a concerned Protector would do).

This promise of guidance was reinforced by Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth (John 16:13a).

The Internal Guidance of God

Certainly God’s guidance has external elements – like circumstances, something you hear, something you see or something you read (especially God’s word), but if you are walking daily with Christ, you can trust His internal guidance. He can speak to your heart; but you need to be still enough to hear Him. Elijah expected to find God’s guidance in wind, earthquake and fire, but it was His still small voice that gave him the guidance he needed. We picture David alone with his sheep when he pens, “He leads me beside the still waters and He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake”. When everything else but God is in the background, you can hear Him speak. When He has your full attention, His still small voice can come in loud and clear. His nudgings to do something or to refrain from doing something, to say something or not to say something, or even your next move in a task are to be trusted. I am not talking about what you feel – feelings can be deceptive. I am talking about what you “hear”. If what you hear could not be possibly be of Satan, trust that it is from God.

Even in ordinary tasks of life, God is there to guide. Since tomorrow is not promised, I have come to believe that what is done today is of great importance even when it is a mundane task. One of my frequent prayers has become, “What should I do next?” It is amazing to me that even a simple task He has me complete is finished just in time to get on to the next thing. And…since I tend to lose track of my thoughts, I often pray, “Lord, please remind me to do so and so.” And He does. Nothing is too small to take to God. If it concerns you, it concerns Him.

If your desire is to glorify God, He promises His guidance will accomplish that in your life. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you….He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit (John 15:7,5b).

We are living in uncertain times. How can we possibly navigate these frightening waters without the guidance of the Holy Spirit? We can’t. He can guide. He will guide. He will help us sort out truth and lies and will be our guide even to death.

Claiming the Promises of the Psalms: The Promise of God’s Unique Reliability

“Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing! The faithful have vanished from the earth! Neighbors lie to each other, speaking with flattering lips and insincere hearts. May the Lord bring their flattery to an end and silence their proud tongues. They say,”We will lie to our hearts’ content. Our lips are our own – who can stop us?” The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.” The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over. Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation, even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land (Psalm 12 NLT).

2020 was a tough year and so far, 2021 is keeping pace. In times like these, we are often tempted to say, “Will God come through?” “Will He keep His promises?”

We are not the first to feel this way. We join the ranks of faithful believers when we do. Consider Jeremiah, who dared to say, “Righteous are You, O Lord, when I plead with You; Yet let me talk with You about Your judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?”(Jeremiah 12:1 NKJV). God answered that soulful question with an observation. “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?”

Jeremiah and David had honest questions in hard times, but because they knew God was trustworthy, they came to the same conclusion – God’s promises are pure and true.

David wrote each Psalm quoted in this post. The highlights are mine, but the emphasis is David’s – unfailing, never and always are strong words. God can guarantee “promises made, promises kept” – His love is unfailing; He never abandons His own; He is always with us.

Return, O Lord, rescue me, Save me because of your unfailing loveBut I trust in your unfailing love,. I will rejoice because you have rescued me…. I know the Lord is always with me, I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me….Those who know Your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, have never abandoned anyone who searches for you (Psalm 6:4,13:5,16:8, 9:10 NLT)

Hang in there. Trust in God. In Jesus, all of God’s promises are “Yes and Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20).