Psalm 143:8-10


Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
1Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.

Psalm 143:8-10

Since we just celebrated Valentine’s Day, I wanted to do something that had to do with love this week. What better love story than the one between David and God. David pours his heart out in these Psalms. In some, he is angry and in others, he is praising the name of the Lord.

In this Psalm, David is being pursued by an enemy. I’m not sure when in his life he wrote this particular one. It could have been when Saul was after him, or when he was fighting in many of the wars during his reign, or when his own son was pursuing him. But he comes back to the Lord in this time of need.

I like that first stanza, “Let the morning bring word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.” I imagine David is going to sleep after a long, hard day of fighting or fleeing. He sets up camp and before he closes his eyes, these words are on his lips. This trust isn’t completely blind. David remembers the things God has done for him in the past. But it is a trust that walks out into the darkness without knowing what is there.

But even in that darkness of the unknown, David continues his song proclaiming that God is with him, showing him the way he should go and leading him on solid ground. That is faith. It’s knowing in the unknown that God is there.

I am so thankful for a God who walks with us in the low places, in the unknown parts, and even at times in the darkness. He is the light of unfailing love that will continue to show us the way home.

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