Read | Psalm 25
In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.
I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.
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
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
For the sake of your name, Lord,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
The Lord confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
My eyes are ever on the Lord,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
See how numerous are my enemies
and how fiercely they hate me!
Guard my life and rescue me;
do not let me be put to shame,
for I take refuge in you.
May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope, Lord, is in you.
Deliver Israel, O God,
from all their troubles!
Respond | Gabrielle Dearduff
As a child, I spent a lot of time playing the game, Trust Fall. One person acts as the catcher and holds her arms in front of her. The other person acts as the faller and stands in front of the catcher with her arms outstretched into a T-shape. The faller falls backwards while the catcher is supposed to catch her. The game can also be modified to include more catchers and greater heights of falling. Whenever I was the faller, there was always a split second of fear—I wondered if I would be caught and if I would be safe. Even though I had been caught many times before, there would always be a quick drop in my stomach because of the uncertainty.
Psalm 25 reminds me of Trust Fall, as the psalmist places hope and trust in God. The psalmist cries, “Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.” This psalm is like the few seconds of falling in Trust Fall. The psalmist pleads with God to come through because the psalmist trusts God with everything. When I read this, my own cries echo with the psalmist, “Don’t let me fall. I trust you, I hope in you! Don’t let me be put to shame.” The psalmist is hyper-focused on God to come through.
Perhaps that’s where we find ourselves today. Perhaps we’re looking for God to come through and be faithful to us. God will catch you; this is who our God is.
Gracious God, we put our trust in you. We cry out for your deliverance. Could you show us in the midst of our fear that you are with us? Show up! Catch us! Turn your face towards us. You are faithful always. Remind us of who you are and who we are. Amen.