“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 (NASB). The New Living Translation reads, “The LORD says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8).
The next verse is a caution about my responsibility to cooperate: “Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control” (Psalm 32:9 NLT).
My part is to listen for God’s guidance: to be sensitive to the Word of God; to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. And when God advises, to have the sense to obey–quickly. My part is to trust his Word when he says that he is watching over me. If God says he will guide, advise, and watch over me, then he will guide, advise, and watch over me.
God, let me feel your loving gaze on me today as you watch over me. Make me very sensitive to your voice, so that I do not miss your guidance and advice to me. And make me so inclined toward obedience, that I obey your counsel quickly and joyfully.
Your word says there is a way in which I should go–a best pathway for my life; Lord, help me go that way today and every day. Make my life expand into the fullest outline of your plan for my role in your family, in your kingdom.
You made me out of the dust, but you breathed your life into me and you gave me your Holy Spirit, and you are conforming me into the likeness of your son Jesus. When you say you will be faithful to complete the work, I believe you.
Let your kingdom grow on earth because of that work in and through me. Make my life fruitful according to your standards and desires.
Let me experience the joy of knowing that I am cooperating with your good plans–without needing any bit or bridle like a rebellious work animal would–instead, running in your paths of righteousness and fullness of life like a happy child of the Kingdom.