Psalm 25:1-5 English Standard Version
Teach Me Your Paths
25 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
3 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
The Word of God for the Children of God. In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.
Waiting on God was one of the reasons David was called “a man after God’s own heart”. God was his security and he trusted Him in every aspect of his life. He trusted Him for guidance and instruction (v. 5), for help and defense (Psalm 33:20), for victory over his enemies and vindication (Psalm 37:7-9), for deliverance from trouble and destruction (Psalm 40:1), and so much more.
Nothing proves our measure of faith and hope like waiting on God for answers to prayer, because when we wait we are demonstrating our submission to Him.
Waiting does not necessarily mean abstaining from all activity; it is obedience to God because He has the right plan for us. Waiting on God means that all of our life is brought under God’s authority and direction.
If we run ahead of God, we will experience anxiety, exhaustion, and failure. When we take matters in our own hands there can be some irreparable choices and then consequences and there are many examples in the Bible like Abraham and Sarah getting ahead of God and Saul’s usurping the role of a priest.
The Word of God says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
So what ought we to learn while we are “waiting”? We learn to trust in God in expectation of His revelation because God is in charge of every detail of our life. His timing is perfect if we really want Him to show and teach us His ways. He is omniscient, and gives us confirmation of His omnipresence through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who guides us and teaches us if we let Him.
God gives us sure and certain assurances of His real power and He gives the grace and spiritual gifts of patience and forbearance to await His purposes until the precise moment when He gives evidence that He was working all along. Without this faith, it is impossible to please Him, for all who come to God must believe that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
The answer to waiting is through prayer, with strength and courage (Psalm 27:14). And we rejoice and trust in His Holy Name and in His unfailing love (Psalm 33:18-24).
Our greatest desire should be to learn to be patient and obedient, desiring to know God’s truth. We need to expectantly and faithfully believe His promise and know that if we ask and expect with the right motive we will receive.
The Lord declared: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Jeremiah 29:11-12)
And Isaiah 40:31 tells us: “They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Waiting is not easy but, if we can 0.1% trust the hope we have in God, learn to wait on God we will live a more rewarding and stress free life. Having patience and trusting in the Lord is one of the greatest life principles we can ever learn.
As wise King Solomon tried to teach all his children: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
This psalm of David is a deeply heartfelt prayer for God’s presence and leading. It is the cry of a heart and deep longing from a soul which yearns to know more and more of God. A heart that wants to know and follow his truth. A heart whose living hope was not in residing in the power or strength of his arms, but in God.
For David, God was not just an impersonal national deity. He was infinitely and indescribably more. He was David’s personal Savior, one who had protected him from his youth and delivered him through numerous conflicts and battles. And he fervently expected him to continue to save him; his hope was always in God. So it was natural for David to want to know and follow and experience His God.
But this prayer of David’s should be the prayer of all believers. God is our savior, and our hope is in him. He will deliver us from all the attacks of the evil one, and safely bring us into his kingdom. So, like David, let’s seek to follow the Lord’s ways rather than the ways of the world. Let’s seek after his truth rather than the alleged “politically correct” truth of this world.
Let’s each learn to put our fullest measure of faith, hope and trust in God alone!
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
Let us now Pray;
My head is high, God, held high;
I’m looking to you, God;
No hangdog skulking for me.
I’ve thrown in my lot with you;
You won’t embarrass me, will you?
Or let my enemies get the best of me?
Don’t embarrass any of us
Who went out on a limb for you.
It’s the traitors who should be humiliated.
Show me how you work, God;
School me in your ways.
Take me by the hand;
Lead me down the path of truth.
You are my Savior, aren’t you?
In Excelsis Deo!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.