Date: Monday, October 6
Scripture: Psalm 25:1-5
Verse: Lead me in your truth—teach it to me—because you are the God who saves me. I put my hope in you all day long. (Psalm 25:5)
For nine seasons in the late 1990s and early 2000s, The X-files was a very popular television show that followed the cases of two fictional FBI agents Mulder and Scully, who investigated paranormal activity and conspiracy theories. They were looking for evidence that would explain the existence of aliens, among other things. Every week, at the end of the opening credits, a phrase many believed to be the mantra of a generation flashed up on the screen, “The truth is out there.” For The X-files that meant proof of the paranormal, but in some sense I feel the same way.
In today’s psalm, David asks to be led in God’s truth. I get the sense reading this psalm that he knows there is something more out there, something more to life. David was king, a very successful king. He had wealth and power. But he knew there was a greater truth beyond himself. Something that pointe toward God. So he prays for God to lead him in it, to teach it to him.
I look at the striving of so many of my peers, and I too want to do some investigating like Mulder and Scully. I’m not looking for aliens, but I am looking for a greater truth under which to operate. The world must be more meaningful than my simple work-a-day life. Like David I sense there is a truth far greater than what I can fully comprehend. So I pray for God’s continued revelation of his truth to me. That I might walk in his way and live for something greater. I don’t think the truth is “out there.” I think it is all around me, and I just need God’s insight to see it.
Prayer: Lead me in your truth, O God, teach it to me — because you are the God who saves me. I put my hope in you all day long. Amen.
Action: Consider how God’s truth is different from the truths we are taught about life.
Respond: Are you a fan of the paranormal?
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