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The Psalmist begins Psalm 25, “O LORD, I give my life to You.” This is such a simple statement. It can be translated as “I put my trust” (NIV), or “I lift up my soul” (ESV), or “I turn to You” (HCSB), or “I’m looking to You” (MSG). As we review what this verse says, we can also review what it does not say.
In this verse, the Psalmist is saying he is coming to God. He has put his trust in God. He is lifting up his prayer to God alone. He is looking to God for everything. He has turned to God. The Psalmist continues his prayer, asking that the Lord show His ways and teach him His path (v. 4). He requests that God lead him in His truth (v. 5). He asks for his sins to be forgiven (v. 7, 12).
This passage is written by a humble servant seeking God, lifting his soul to Him. There is no mention of anyone else involved. The focus is all on the Psalmist fixing his eyes on God. The focus is completely on Him. To Him alone do we lift up our souls. To Him alone do we put our trust. To Him alone, the giver of life, do we lift up our lives.
“O LORD, I give my life to you.” – Psalm 25:1 [NLT]
When my children were small, I would always grab their hands tight and guide them along. When we were away from home, we were always hand-in-hand so I could get them to move in the right direction, to protect them, to guide them, to keep them secure under my watchful eye.
When you are hand-in-hand, there’s a closeness—a connection, a bond, a deeper understanding. Today’s passage says that Jonathan had worked “hand-in-hand with God all day.” Imagine that—working with God all day long. Jonathan had sought out God before he took action. He followed God’s guidance as he was hand-in-hand walking along with his Father throughout the day.
If you turn back to verse 36, you will see his father King Saul demonstrating the complete opposite. He wanted to go after the Philistines that night, but the priest had to interrupt and slow everything down. He said, “Let’s find out what God thinks about this.” Now you have two choices, to live life hand-in-hand or to keep your hands working for themselves. Today I pray that you ask God to give you His hand and you grip it tightly. His hand is already there, simply ask and reach out. Today is going to be a great day!
“The soldiers rose up: ‘Jonathan—die? Never! He’s just carried out this stunning salvation victory for Israel. As surely as GOD lives, not a hair on his head is going to be harmed. Why, he’s been working hand-in-hand with God all day!’ The soldiers rescued Jonathan and he didn’t die.”
-1 Samuel 14:45 [MSG]
How many times are you in need of help but you are hesitant to ask someone? Sometimes we go into this mode where we worry about something and need help, but we think it will come without us doing anything. It is almost as if we expect our neighbors to be mind readers when we can’t start our car in the morning and need the car jumped. When we are having trouble meeting deadlines we think about the need of help in our minds but we dare not ask for it.
In Isaiah 22, the people were doing what they could to take care of themselves in the basic ways. Their weakness was showing but they tried to keep it all together. They had a reservoir for water so the people would not go thirsty. They looked to these safety nets rather than looking to God. Instead of calling upon God, they did what they could in their own strength.
Again and again the Bible says that God will help us. Again and again we read that He will not forsake us—we will not be alone, not once. Yet there are moments when we look to the strength of our own hands and we never ask for help. We struggle. We try to do it alone. This verse speaks of “the One who did all this” – the Creator and Sustainer of everything. Today let us ask. Let us look to the One who did all this—the One who planned this long ago. Never be afraid or too proud to ask.
“Between the city walls, you build a reservoir for water from the old pool. But you never ask for help from the One who did all this. You never considered the One who planned this long ago.” – Isaiah 22:11 [NLT]