“Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:4-5.
Like most of David’s psalms, this one is a prayer. David starts out by declaring his personal relationship with God. He uses the words “my God, I trust in thee.” So many people today use the words “my God” in daily conversation, but David used it here as a recognition that he knew God intimately. It was not spoken lightly, but in sincerity.
It is interesting the three things that David asks the Lord for in verses 4 and 5.
- Show me thy ways. In order to know the ways of the Lord we must cultivate a personal relationship with Him. So many times, David mentions in his Psalms that he spent time talking to God in the morning, at noon and at night. We need a regular time set apart to pray and talk to the Lord, but we also can be in prayer throughout our day, even as we go about our daily activities.
- Teach me thy paths. Verse 10 reads: “All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.” In order to know the way that the Lord wants us to follow, we must spend time reading and studying His Word. It contains all the instructions we need to live the way God wants us to live and to be ready to spend eternity with Him.
- Lead me in thy truth. How do we learn truth? Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Thank the Lord for faithful ministers and teachers, who study and prepare words to minister to us week after week as we gather together to worship. Their words will guide us in the way of truth.
I believe that these are prayers that we should pray every day. If we earnestly seek to know God’s ways and His paths, He will lead us into all truth. We can trust Him with every aspect of our lives, knowing that He has a perfect plan for us and that He will bring it to pass.
Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we offer these three requests to you today, show us your ways, teach us your paths, and lead us in they truth.
Devotion by Anne Johnston