Psalm 27:11 “Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path”
[Praise you, Lord Jesus, my Great Shepherd, that you consistently teach me your way through your Word and your Spirit. And that you continually lead me on your straight path, even though I sometimes stray off it. Forgive me for my failure to obey and to follow; help me to pay attention and implement what you teach, keeping up the “umbrella of Truth” for protection (as in the picture). I praise you for your consistent care, your continual help and constant protection.
Teach me your way today, Lord, and keep me on the straight path that I may bring joy to you, light to others and hope to all I meet.]
“…lead me because of my oppressors.”
[The main oppressor, Satan is always there, using people and events to trip me up. He wants to keep me in fear, make life difficult, and lead me into disobedience.
When Satan accuses me, tries to beat me down and seeks to make me stumble, help me to stay on your straight path, Lord, laying aside every weight and sin that Satan wants to entangle me with, so that I may run with perseverance the race you have set out before me (Heb. 12:1,2).]
Psalm 27:12 “Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,”
[I praise you for how you protect us from our foes who are too strong for us. At the same time, I thank you that, in your wisdom, you do not protect us from many of the consequences of our wrong choices. You do this in order to teach us, to chasten us, to redirect us, to bring surrender and growth.
Thank you that you protect us from what will be truly injurious, helping us to discern and reject the voice of our enemy–and our own inner natural voice–while listening to and heeding your Word and your Spirit. Thank you for your warning to me to slow down in life, to consistently spend more time with you, to be careful in not doing too much but to select, with your guidance, what I should be involved in.
Thank you that, on the other side, you help me to discern and reject the enemy’s encouragement to be lazy and self-indulgent, to waste time in insignificant activities.
I praise you, Lord Jesus, that you are my Wisdom, my Shield, my Shepherd and my Strength. Help me to distrust my natural responses, which my foes want to use, and to fully trust you and your Word, so I can stay on your straight path, running well and wisely the race you have set out before me. Use me today for your purposes and bring honor to your Name.]