For every person who wants to live for the honor and glory of God, is constantly confronted with sin, evil, and crooked roads and ways. Living for the Lord in this world is not easy. Every day we are faced with decisions between doing what is right in God’s eyes or compromising just a little to earn the respect of those around us.
David knew this tension, even though he lived in a very different world. Notice the deep desire of his heart in this verse: “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long” (Psalm 25:5). In making choices between what glorifies God and something that might be just a little ‘shady’ could not be made without God leading and teaching him how to make those fine distinctions.
David keeps pleading with God to prevent him from making choices that would dishonor God and misrepresent who He is: “Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law!” (119:29).
The crooked roads and ways of the world might be easy to identify and stand against, but it is much more difficult to stand firm on biblical convictions when some in the church are the ones we must stand apart from and oppose. Paul refers to them as “false apostles” and “false brothers” (2 Corinthians 11:13, 26; Galatians 2:4). What we must remember in all these situations is that the Lord is our judge and He will evaluate how we honor Him and His Word. “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14).
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