Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.
Once we’ve been forgiven and renewed, we have choices to make. The question becomes “Where now, Lord?”
Asking God to lead us is an implicit acknowledgment of His Lordship over us. We are asking Him to show us His way, to lead us into the green pastures the Psalmist spoke of. We are also signing on to follow into the less pleasant places through which He might lead us.
By asking Him to lead us, we are signaling our willingness to follow Him, even if we don’t understand where we’re going, even if it’s taking a long time, even if we don’t particularly enjoy the journey.
We will follow wherever He leads us.
The end result of this is that we learn to delight in His will; we learn to walk in His ways, and He is glorified. That kind of delight is not dependent on our circumstances; it is dependent on our relationship with the One who leads us.
God forgives us; we can trust Him.
God renews us; we can rely on Him.
God leads us, and we can delight in Him.
Thanks be to God!