ה Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long. (HE, v.5)
Our family has made it a practice to read a chapter of the Bible at the conclusion of our evening meal. After our dinner conversations—sometimes dull, more often heated—God gets the last word. The book of Proverbs doesn’t get a lot of play during evening devotions. I think I’ve instinctively avoided it. Lots of good stuff here, but it just doesn’t work to read a chapter of Proverbs aloud—at least not at our table. But lately we’ve been turning to these proverbs when pressed for time. One of us blindly puts our finger down on a verse and reads it aloud. This is really an absurd way to approach Holy Scripture, I grant you. But if the point is to get you thinking, it sort of works. One of my daughters commented that it feels like reading a fortune cookie after a meal at Tiger Noodles. Not a bad analogy. To me Psalm 25 can also come off like a bunch of lines pulled out of fortune cookies. It’s an acrostic psalm, and that probably contributes to this sense. It’s like a Rolodex organized by letters—ALEPH, BET, GIMEL . . . (If you don’t know what a Rolodex is, ask your parents.) Normally I would suggest that you look for the unity in a psalm. But as I read Psalm 25, I am helped by fingering through each card, opening each cookie, taking each verse in turn, on its own terms. Find the verse today that sticks. Pull it out. Tuck it in your pocket. This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Martin Tel, C.F. Seabrook Director of Music