“Lead Me, O Lord, in Your Righteousness”
“Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me” Psalm 5:8. There’s a story of all the inhabitants of a small agricultural community coming together to pray for rain in the midst of a drought but only a small child among them thought to bring an umbrella. In his crying out to God and groaning, David prepares a sacrifice and watches. Perhaps he’s called a man after God’s heart because he trusts God to answer? In the second and fourth sections of the Psalm, he notes God’s justice and judgment upon the wicked. Not so David, who, through reverential fear of God, can only enter God’s temple through His love and basks in God’s blessings reserved for the righteous. It is that righteousness that David asks God to lead him in and for God’s ways to be made straight before him. Why? Because of his enemies. They are watching the one who claims to live differently, who says he trusts in God. David’s situation isn’t all that different than our own as the world watches for God’s people to trip up, so they can laugh, mock, and justify not having to live for God themselves. We need God to guide us—for our own sakes and others’. Does He?