Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
– Psalm 25:8 NASB
Here is another psalm that prophesies of Christ, though we’re only going to focus on a single verse of it. Sure, this psalm had meaning to Jews in its original context, which was around 1000 B.C. David wrote the psalm, speaking of how the Lord was teaching him and his fellow Israelites about how to live in this world. But David was a prophet in addition to being a king, so He was prophesying of what God would do in Christ, beginning about a thousand years later.
Let us, therefore, view this verse as we now view the entire Old Testament – that is, in the light of Christ.
We know that Christ is “good,” because we can read the Gospels and see the sorts of things He did: miracle after miracle for the good of His fellow citizens. Jesus was not a magician performing tricks. He was healing the sick and feeding the hungry; that is, He was meeting human needs. We also see His goodness in how He turned the other cheek when He was being rejected by those same fellow citizens, responding to their cruelty with a prayer: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
We know also that Jesus is “upright” because He is raised from the dead. In other words, He is not lying horizontal in a grave; He is standing tall as King of the Universe!
As resurrected Lord of heaven and earth, Jesus “instructs sinners in the way.” What way? His way. His way is the way.
Note that we are “sinners.” There’s no use pretending otherwise. Though we begin our walk with Him as sinners, He has no intention of leaving us in this state. He’d be a pretty ineffective teacher if that were the case. However long it takes, let us not drop out of this school. It is the shame of the world today that so few people seem to be enrolled in it.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, God, and Father: Thank You for opening my eyes to see You. Thank You for living Your life as an example for me to follow. Show me how to be one who “turns the other cheek” and “walks the extra mile”…just as You did. I want – more than anything else – to be like You. Show me how I can advance toward that goal today…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.