He Leads Me Through The Dessert

by Chuck Adair on November 23, 2021

He Leads Me Through The Dessert

Psalm 143

Hear my prayer, O LORD;
    give ear to my pleas for mercy!
    In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
 Enter not into judgment with your servant,
    for no one living is righteous before you.

 For the enemy has pursued my soul;
    he has crushed my life to the ground;
    he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
 Therefore my spirit faints within me;
    my heart within me is appalled.

 I remember the days of old;
    I meditate on all that you have done;
    I ponder the work of your hands.
 I stretch out my hands to you;
    my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah

 Answer me quickly, O LORD!
    My spirit fails!
Hide not your face from me,
    lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
    for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
    for to you I lift up my soul.

 Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD!
    I have fled to you for refuge.  
10  Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
    on level ground!

11  For your name's sake, O LORD, preserve my life!
    In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
12  And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies,
    and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
    for I am your servant.

Today’s Truth

Even in the deserts of life, Christ offers us His "steadfast love" (verses 8, 12), and we can offer that steadfast love to others.

Discussion Questions
  1. If you're reading this, you likely are spending time with the Lord regularly. Can you think of someone you can forward this to who is going through a season of spiritual dryness?
  2. Some of you reading this may feel far from the Lord. Who have you reached out to about your spiritual dryness, and what action are you taking?
  3. Does Satan, our enemy, care how he sidelines us? Whether a sprained ankle or a massive scandal, if he can draw us from Christ—mission accomplished. What may be holding you back, big or small, from full devotion to Christ?

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