Daily D – Psalm 18:32
God—he clothes me with strength and makes my way perfect.
PSALM 18:32 (CSB)
Is this not the God who armed me,
then aimed me in the right direction?
A friend of mine took up running some years ago. She felt the need to pursue improved health and enhanced energy. She sent a note asking what running songs I had on my iPod. I dutifully explained that it is dangerous and distracting to listen to loud music while running. It prevents the full awareness a person needs on a jogging path or when crossing streets.
Then I proceeded to give her the perfect playlist to energize her steps. This included the Doobie Brothers singing, It Keeps You Running; Jefferson Starship’s Runaway; Del Shannon’s Runaway; Against the Wind by Bob Seger; and Running on Empty by Jackson Browne. There are more, many, many more, where those came from.
Perhaps the greatest runaway of all time was David Before He Was King, and even late in life on one particularly dreadful occasion. He knew all about life on the run. Several of his songs, including some of his best hits, were written on the run.
Psalm 143 is a running song. Verse 3 says, “For the enemy has pursued me, crushing me to the ground, make me live in darkness like those long dead.” David felt like he had been run into his grave. This is an idea he expands in verse 7.
David knew which paths to run. First, he ran away from his enemies, most notably his father-in-law King Saul. Second, he ran to God. Listen to verse 8:
Let me experience your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in you.
Reveal to me the way I should go because I appeal to you.
The New International Version 1984 puts it this way:
Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
I double-dog dare you to read through Psalms and not notice how many times the writers ask for God’s direction and thank him for his direction. If there is one thing most of us require on a daily basis, it is direction. Reading a psalm a day helps us know how to pray. This is especially true when we seek God’s direction.
On the Bible timeline, Psalm 143 occurred before Psalm 18. This is indicated by the text included before verse 18:1 in most translations. Check it out. This tells us that God heard and answered David’s prayer. He also hears and answers our prayers for direction.
Today’s verse is a powerful affirmation to hold in both our RAM and our ROM. Our Father in heaven clothes us with strength and lays out the perfect path for us. He prepares us for the way and sends us along the way always with his companionship and never alone.
Which way are you going today? Go with God, or like Moses prayed, don’t Go at all (Exodus 33:15).
I will go with God.
Our Father, show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.