Apr 27

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Psalm 143:8

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in You I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.

In Psalm 143, David is writing as a man in turmoil.  He has an enemy who has “pursued his soul,” making him feel as if his life has been “crushed … to the ground” and his spirit is fainting. 

All of us, at times, can relate to how David was feeling.  We all face an unseen enemy.  Our alarm clock goes off and suddenly it feels like we’ve woken up in a warzone with life’s circumstances breathing down our necks. Instantly, we can feel the pressure of stress starting to pound on the doors of our lives. 

So, what did David do whenever he was facing those overwhelming realities of life?  He stopped.  He took a deep breath.  And he prayed.  Listen to David as he calls out to the Lord:  

“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in You I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.” (Psalm 143:8 – ESV) 

Like David, the best way for us to start each day is with prayer … seeking to hear from the One that we can trust to lead us through the day.  

First, David focused on God’s “steadfast love” to steady his thoughts.  We, too, can choose to rest in the loving arms of God, truly embracing the strong reality that He will never let us go.  It’s in God that we trust.  Not the hottest news story, nor the latest best-selling book, nor the lies whispered to us by our enemy. God tells us that we are His own.  God is the one that we believe.

Next, David asks God to lead him.  Whenever we’re asking where to go or what to do, we can join David in offering this simple prayer: “Make me know the way I should go, for to you I life up my soul.”  Because God is the One who knows the way, we can surrender our will to Him and refuse to keep trying to control our own world.  He is our God. This is His world. And so, we lift up our souls to Him.

David’s prayer is an expression of hope of the deepest kind. First, it inspires us to revel in the wonder of God’s love.  Then it humbles us with the truth that we never stop needing Him. God offers us His definitive, rock-solid demonstration of unfailing love and faithfulness.  He has His grip on us.  We can enjoy His nearness and grace as we hold on to the promise of His wise guidance to know the way we should go.  

Prayer Prompts:

  1. Jesus has already won the decisive battle with our enemy.  His blood was spilt for our victory when our sins were nailed to His cross.  Romans 6:5-7 reminds us: “Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.  We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our loves.  We are no longer slaves to sin.  For when we died with Christ, we were set free from the power of sin.”  Take some time to thank God for these spiritual realities: a) When Jesus died, we were raised to new life and the power of sin over us was broken; b) When Jesus conquered death, we conquered with Him and every force set against us was exposed to open defeat and shame.


  1. Reflecting on the first part of Psalm 143:8, be reminded of God’s “steadfast love” for you as you receive these truths: “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners” (Romans 5:8); “For our sake, God made His sinless Son to be sin so that in Him, we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21); God says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you. I have redeemed you … I have called you by name. You are mine” (John 15:16; Isaiah 43:1).  Take some time to declare your gratefulness for His love for you.  

  1. Reflecting on the second part of Psalm 143:8, acknowledge that He is the One who can show you “the way” you should go.  Confess any self-reliant tendencies when you are tempted to look to yourself for direction and guidance.  Declare that God is the One who gives us the wisdom that we lack.  Allow Him to lovingly take control of your life. Seek Him for the direction you need.  Thank Him for how He has provided clarity and purpose in the past.  Pray the truths of Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”  

Jon Fuentes

FriendsKids Kinder-3rd Grade Associate