Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10
Jonathan Edwards, an American revivalist preacher, philosopher, and Congregationalist Protestant theologian, said this about New Year’s resolutions, “Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” It seems quite clear that Reverend Edwards would live for God and seek His guidance in all things even if no one else would!
King David also looked to the Lord to lead Him as evidenced in many of the Psalms he wrote. No matter how difficult the situation, how fierce the foe, how chaotic the conflict, or how precarious the peril, David sought the Lord’s guidance in order to lead him on level ground just like today’s passage from the Psalms so magnificently presents.
We all face dire and difficult situations in our lives from time to time. My dire and difficult situation just happens to be early-onset Alzheimer’s disease while yours may be something entirely different. Alzheimer’s disease invades my life every day, it is a relentless enemy, it never appears to back down, it always challenges me, it never seems to sleep, and it will likely take my life.
Perhaps this is why I choose to lean on the Lord every single day as I deal with this dreadful disease. I need the Lord’s eternal encouragement, promised protection, continued comfort, divine direction, spiritual support, and perfect peace as I face the daily demands of my nemesis. Like David did in today’s psalm, I look to the Lord and ask that His Spirit lead me on level ground and make straight my way through the Alzheimer’s valley.
Perhaps you are facing a difficult diagnosis, serious situation, chaotic conflict, troubling trial, or fierce foe. If you are, let today’s passage be your prayer as well. Ask God to lead you, to make straight His way, and to help you act righteously as you deal with whatever struggle you may be facing today. Look to Him and He will lead you on level ground!