The psalmist asks the Lord to guide him in the everlasting way. It is the last verse in today’s psalm that really struck me. The psalmist reflects on the way in the which the Lord formed him in his mother’s womb, the way God formed his innermost being. The psalmist gives thanks that he was wonderfully made, and he expresses wonder at all of the marvelous works of the Lord. If we truly believed that, if we truly believed that God formed us in our mothers’ wombs and made us so wonderfully, how would be take care of the life that God has entrusted to us? Would we abuse our bodies with alcohol and drugs? Would we do any of those things that we do that get us off track or get us in trouble? The ramifications of what the psalmist proclaims in the Gospel truly have an impact if we believe in the truth of those words.
I work a lot with prisoners. And many of them are so honest about how hard it is to get back on track, to turn toward the Lord when their roads have taken them so far away. Even though they detest prison and despise that way of life, many of them continue to get into trouble when they get out and end up right back in prison. We want the Lord to lead us and guide us in the everlasting way. But are we willing to go where God is directing us?