This is the free student devotional for Purpose, Session 6: Resting on Purpose.
Begin your quiet time by listening to your favorite worship song, perhaps “Called Me Higher” by All Sons and Daughters (The Longing, 2012). Have you ever done something specifically to bring glory to yourself? Did it satisfy you? Journal about that experience.
We live in a world that pushes us to pursue anything that will bring us fame, fortune, power, or glory. But that’s not the kind of life Scripture calls us to lead. Read Psalm 31:1-5 in your Bible, then consider the questions:
For You are my rock and my fortress; You lead and guide me because of Your name. —Psalm 31:3
• Re-read verse 3. David appealed to God to act not for David’s glory or reputation, but for the sake of God’s name. “Name” is a way of pointing to God’s authority, honor, or character. So, what was David asking God to do? Explain.
• Examine verse 5. David had cried out for God’s leadership, then abandoned every bit of himself to God’s will. What would that look like in your life?
• David committed his life to God’s leadership. God’s plans may not lead where we expect, be easy, or ensure we get everything we ever wanted—but they will lead to His glory. Are you ready to make a commitment to entrust every bit of your life to His leadership? Why or why not?
All that we do is for God’s glory and not our own. He may lead us into days that are difficult or frightening, but He is faithful to lead, guide, and redeem us.
Behind the Story
The psalmist David refers to God as His rock and fortress in verse 3. The word “rock” is used as a metaphor for Christ in several places in Scripture (Isa. 32:2; Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 10:4; Isa. 8:14; Matt. 7:24-25). David used this metaphor to communicate His dependence on the Lord to protect, lead, and guide him.
• In what ways are you seeking your own glory and not the Lord’s? List those attitudes, actions, or beliefs below and pray over each one. As you submit them to the Lord, mark them out.
• Share these with a parent, close friend, or Christian mentor and ask them to keep you accountable in surrendering these things to God!
Write Psalm 31:3 on a note card. Keep it next to your bed and read it aloud every night before you go to sleep and every morning before you get up.