Reading: “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.”—Psalm 143:8
Merciful Saviour, if my path be in any way now hedged up with thorns, “undertake for me,” “Guide me with Your counsel.” Let me take no step, and engage in no plan, unsanctioned by Your approval. Let it be my grand aim and ambition, in all the changes of a changing life, to hear Your directing voice, saying, “This is the way, walk in it”; and then shall all life’s trials be sweetened, and life’s burden lightened, by knowing that they are the appointment of infinite wisdom and unchanging love, and that, though man may err, God never can.
May Your Holy Spirit lead me this day into all the truth. May all its duties be pervaded by the leavening power of vital godliness. While in the world, may I seek to feel and to exhibit that I am not of it. May I give evidence, in my walk and conversation, of a renewed nature and of a nobler destiny.
Hasten, blessed Jesus, Your coming and Your kingdom. “How long shall the wicked triumph?” “Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance; feed them also, and lift them up forever.” Let the voice of salvation be heard in the household of all I love. May theirs be the dwellings of the righteous. May this be their name, “The Lord is there.” May they know Him who has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
And “now, Lord, what do I wait for? my hope is in You.” Hear and answer these unworthy supplications, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Adapted from the Rev. John McDuff, D.D., The Morning Watches, 1852.