Praying for God’s Way to be Our Way

It’s funny how a single word in Scripture can tip the scales with the weight of a boulder, even a word as seemingly insignificant as a pronoun. Especially when you need it. The other morning I came across a familiar plea of the Psalmist’s, “Lead me in your righteousness… make your way straight before me.” I’ve prayed this a thousand times with slightly different language. Lord, I don’t know what the right thing is to do here, things are complicated, I could go either way…. make my way straight.

I’d never realized it, but David and I were one word off from one another. Did you catch it? I’d traded the word your for my inadvertently, unintentionally, not even in a selfish way, I don’t think. But what a shift in perspective I needed—for the Lord to make His way straight before me, rather than Him making my way straight. It’s a subtle but powerful difference of perspective. The picture of the Lord leading us in His righteousness and laying out His path straight before us is beautiful and freeing imagery. It reminds me that because of Christ’s grace for me I’m joining Him, I get to be on His road, I get to wear His righteousness, not the other way around.

David’s prayer also cuts through the heightened me-centered culture we’re living in. The pervasive sense that God should get on board with whatever feels like righteousness to me just by virtue of it being my personal truth. Or, if there’s a path that feels good to my heart or gut or instincts, well then certainly that must be synonymous with God’s path for me. The mantra of the day seems to be that whatever feels right to me must be right to God. But David didn’t see it that way.

With refreshing, liberating, convicting perspective the Psalmist asked God to lead him in His righteousness, to make His way straight before him. I love this because it’s antithetical to me trusting my own sense of goodness and inner compass to lead me, which has been disastrous for me to say the very least. I love this because God’s righteousness and path will never fail us. I love it because it frees us from the pressure of having to obtain an elusive sense of righteousness or having to discover a once-in-a-lifetime path that’s suited just for us.

Because of the blood of Jesus we’re invited to approach God and His Word with confidence, knowing that His goodness and holiness and righteousness are revealed and described right there for us. The pure and blessed ways He’s calling us to follow Him on aren’t confusing or mysterious but are laid out before us. This is good news, especially in a day where the discourse would lead us to believe that the lines are blurred, the only road is our own and it’s all about us.

Amidst the cacophony of voices and opinions and varying pathways, would you take some quiet, uninterrupted time today and pray this with me? “Lord, lead me in your righteousness, because there is only one righteousness and it’s yours and yours alone. Make your way straight before me, because the only path I ever want to walk on is yours and yours alone.”

 

What a difference a word makes.

  • onemore4heaven .

    Hey Kelly, My first Pastor after being Saved 🙂 (and still my Go-To-Guy after all of these many years) told me once, “Hey Shelly, God knows your heart – after all, He created it. So, if you don’t know what to do, what to say or which ‘path’ to take – try this: Pause. Pray. Proceed. That way, even if you make the wrong decision, take the wrong path or say the wrong thing – (Romans 8:28) – God is gonna get you exactly where He wants you to be. He’s got your back.” You will never know how many times in my life I have gone back to reread that Spiritual Wisdom shared to me by Pastor Terryl Delaney. It has carried me thru my 60+ years. Love and hugs from a gal who was blessed by your Women’s Conference talk that you gave at Grace Community Church in the Hudson Valley of NY many years ago.

  • onemore4heaven .

    P.S. (because I’m all about Postscripts – I type faster than I think! LOL) I was blessed by this Blog Post this morning. The reminder to ‘Pause. Pray. Proceed’ – or as you said, “take some quiet, uninterrupted time today and pray” Pray. It’s just a simple morning-coffee-kinda conversation with the Big Daddy, Abba Father who loves to have a conversation with his kids (us – you & me) Have a terrific day ! You started mine off perfectly. Amen

  • onemore4heaven .

    P.S.S. LOL
    I sent you this note 3 yrs ago when you were the keynote speaker for our Women’s Conference (I just found it!)
    “Kelly – can’t wait to meet you on April 11 at Grace Community Church 😉
    We are praying for you to speak to the hearts of so many of the Sistah’s
    in Christ who need to hear what you have to share. I hope someone gave
    you a head’s up about the Women of Grace – we’re a crazy bunch of
    ladies who love the Lord with all of our hearts, minds and souls.
    See you then, be well and know that you are loved so much.”

  • Becky Burns

    I love this perspective shift today. Yes, in Your way Lord! Thanks Kelly!

  • Barbara Roth

    Thank you!