Show 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.
At the start of each day, this is not only one of my favorite verses; it is my prayer. I do not know what this day may bring, nor do I know how I will handle it.
So it is important for me that "God show me His ways and teach me the path that I must take." I want him to lead me always in His truth, because He alone is the God of my salvation.
David "had both a desire and a dependence on God," and he often begins his psalms with such professions. He is not trying to move God, but he is attempting to move himself, and to bring those professions into operation in his own life.
David actually begs direction from God in the ways of his duties. Once again he prays to God to teach him. David was a knowledgeable man, but the most educated and intelligent, the most discerning and insightful, need to have a desire for God to teach them. For only from God must we be always learning.
David had a longing for God: "Teach me," he wanted to know God's ways, His path for him, and His truth! David wanted to know not only the ways in which he should walk among men... but also before God.
He is best taught who understands their responsibilities, and knows the important and priceless things they should do. God's ways and his truth are the same; for Christ is both the way and the truth, and therefore we need to learn from Him.
David asked God to give him understanding and make him aware concerning his duties: "Show me thy way, and teach me." It is important to pray earnestly that God would make His ways plain to us in everything that He would have us to do.
David prayed, "Lead me, and so teach me." David was asking God to keep him from missing His ways, and to keep him from fainting and falling. God is pleased to lead us and hold us up, in our way to heaven, for this is not our home; our eternal home is Heaven as we walk in God's ways!
David's great expectation from God: "Thou art the God of my salvation." Note, those of us who choose salvation of God as their end, and make Him the God of their salvation, may come boldly to Him for direction.
Since God has saved us, He will teach us an lead us. He that gives salvation will give instruction! Davids constant appearance before God: "On thee do I wait all the day," is like that of of a servant; given direction by his master on whom he waits on all day.
A SIMPLE PRAYER
Is that we sincerely desire to know our duties before God, with a resolution to do them, and a perseverance that endures to the end. God has taught me from my youth and He will continue to teach me His ways.
As my readers, may we implore the Lord to teach us -- but the fact is, there will be times that we do not like His method of teaching us. There are fiery trials, storms of afflictions, the dashing of our carnal hopes, they are indeed painful; yet it is by them that the heart is purified.
We say that we wish to live to God's glory, but we often fail to remember that we can do so only as SELF is denied and our Cross is taken up. God's ways of teaching His children are, like all His ways... ENTIRELY different from our own.
I ASKED THE LORD THAT I MIGHT GROW
I asked the Lord that I might grow...
In faith and love and every grace.
Might more of His salvation know...
And seek more earnestly His face.
It was He who taught me thus to pray...
And He I trust has answered prayer.
But it has been in such a way...
As almost drove me to despair!
I hoped that in some favored hour...
At once He'd answer my request.
And by His love's constraining power...
Subdue my sins and give me rest!
Instead of this, He made me feel...
The hidden evils of my heart.
And let the angry powers of hell...
Assault my soul in every part!
Yes, more with His own hand, He seemed...
Intent to aggravate my woe.
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed...
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low!
"Lord, why is this?" I trembling cried...
Will you pursue Your worm to death?"
"This is the way" the Lord replied...
"I answer prayer for grace and strength."
"These inward trials I employ...
From self, and pride, to set you free;
And break your schemes of earthly joy,
That you may find your ALL in Me!"
Author - John Newton
Teach Me Your Ways - Worship Video