Summary: How can we know which way to go? Who will guide us in the choices in life? The good or bad choices? The good or better choices? That’s the theme of this message.
WHO WILL GUIDE ME?
Truth! What is truth? Have you ever asked that question? Pilate did – you can read about that in John 18. You know, it seems to me that a lot of people are asking Pilate’s question today.
I was speaking to a woman from Port Melbourne this week, who, when confronted with the overwhelming evidence of Christ’s resurrection, responded with, ‘well what is truth anyway!’ She went on to say in effect, ‘I think it is wonderful for those who witnessed Christ’s resurrection, that’s fantastic, good on them – that was their truth, but it is not truth for me’. As far as she is concerned you cannot definitely assert that anything is true. All historic documented ‘facts’ are only true insomuch as that they reflect what people thought was true at the time. Truth for her at 6 has nothing in common with truth for her at 36. What is truth for you is not necessarily truth for me. And what is true for me today, may not necessarily be true tomorrow’.
How do you make any decisions with a philosophy like that! She kept saying if it works for you that is fine. I love it that you have found a truth that works for you.
Well we may not be so extreme in our thinking – but, how do we know truth in all things, not just the ‘big’ things in life! How can we know which way to go? Who will guide us in the right & wrong choices in life? The good or bad choices? The good or better choices?
That’s our theme this morning:-
WHO WILL GUIDE ME?
Please follow along as I read Psalm 32. It is on the back of the Flex. And is from the New Living Translation.
This Psalm was written by king David, ‘a man after God’s own heart’. And it is believed to have been composed after Psalm 51, which is the record of David’s confession of his own gross rebellion against God’s ways. I would encourage you to read Psalm 51 at convenient time.
32:1 ’Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3 When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, "I will confess my rebellion to the LORD." And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
6 Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.
8 The LORD says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control."
10 Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD.
11 So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!’