Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Psalm 25:1-10 God as Personal Coach

KEY TEXT: Psalms 25:8-10 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant. 

KEY THOT: God is not someone “up there” or “out there” that has given us an instruction book (Bible) and says, “Read it and good luck!” Rather, His guidance is personal. For David, God did not just write—He instructs, He guides and teaches in a personal and relational way. Of course, he has given us his instruction book, but he didn’t just lay down a set of "success" principles and ask us to go work them out on our own. Instead, He is personally involved in our instruction. Like a personal Tutor, He sits beside us and offers us insights and revelations about His word, so that we don’t have to figure them out all by ourselves. He is not our Lecturer so far out that we dare not interrupt him. He is our personal Coach and Mentor. 

But there is a condition for this to happen: “All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant.” The assumption is that we are committed to keep the “demands of his covenant.” In the NT, we may call that the demands of discipleship. Jesus’ covenant of grace is not just a call to believe but a call to follow Him. If we are willing to pay the price for the prize, He will become our Personal Tutor, Coach and Mentor. 

Lord Jesus, thank You that You are our Tutor, Coach and Mentor through Your Spirit. Grant us the grace to keep the demands of your covenant. Amen.

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