Shew me Thy Ways, O Lord
Psalm 25:4 “Shew me Thy ways, O Lord; teach me Thy paths.”
Prayer, when we are led and taught of the Holy Spirit, is never selfish….
…when we ask for mercies for ourselves….we also are reminded and seek mercies for others, in situations like ourselves.
Jude 20-22 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And of some have compassion, making a difference:”
“Shew me Thy ways, O Lord”
“Your ways are so opposite mine….turn my eyes to see, in Your Word…and by Your Spirit, what Your way is.
And blessed Holy Spirit, sanctify my understanding, so that it will be enlightened to discern…for myself…..what You want me to do.” (Ephesians 1:17-18)
1 John 2:20 “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.”
“You are able to tell me what to do, You are able to show me what to do,….help me to “see” it,….and teach me to walk in it.”
Psalm 25:5 “Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day.”
“Lord, I am so backwards sometimes….I ask that You would take my hand, as if I was a little child, and lead me….not just in the path of truth, in general…..but lead me into Thy truth, for me.”
“Teach me, and make me teachable in the situations we are going in…for You are my salvation….save me from myself, the world, and the Adversary of my soul.
….I will wait all through the lighted times, and even though it seems to grow dark….I will wait for You.”
(The first mention of “teach” is God’s teaching…..He is speaking to Moses that He will teach him “what to say” [Exodus 4:12], and “what to do” [Exodus 4:15].
And five times in this Psalm, David speaks of God “teaching” those who want to be taught.
Psalm 25:4 “….teach me Thy paths.”
Psalm 25:5 “Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me…”
Psalm 25:8 “….will He teach sinners in the Way.”
Psalm 25:9 “…the meek will He teach His Way.”
(Meek means “seeing yourself as you are”…..not boastful, not timid, not pretending humility…..but as you truly are…honest)
Psalm 25:12 “What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose.”)
And what is our part in this teaching?
Psalms 25:15 “Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for He shall pluck my feet out of the net.”
To keep our eyes on Him…in trust…for He is a God of tender mercies:
Psalm 25:6 “Remember, O Lord, Thy tender mercies and Thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old.”
God’s spiritual mercy is based upon the covenant with His Son, Jesus Christ.
God would be merciful, because Christ would become our Redeemer, Savior, and Intercessor.
And God’s heart is full of “tender mercies, and loving kindnesses” for those who turn to Him.
(Elisha Coles 1678). “Divine love is an eternal fountain that never stops running while a vessel is empty, or is capable of holding more;…
….and it stands open to all comers: therefore, come:…”
This is what David felt….God was full of mercy and loving kindness….therefore he pleaded to be taught of God….
…confessing his sins (verses 7, 11, 18)
….and trusting in “O my God”…..
…for He is “good and upright (righteous)” [verse 8].
(Psalm 25:24 “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will show them His covenant.”
This covenant is, of course, Salvation through Christ…..
….and it is more….for it is the secret workings of the Holy Spirit in those that are born again…working in them the blessedness of intimate communion,…showing them the traps ahead,….or by passing on to them the hope and grace needed. John 14:26, John 16:13–14)
David’s final prayer for himself, here, is:
Psalm 25:21 “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on Thee.”
“I know I am not through this trial yet,…..but I also know that You will give me Your truth to guide me….let me hang on to it…
…and You have placed me into Your covenant….and You will preserve me….from sin, and my enemies……that I may do Your Will.”
And so David turns, in trust, from himself….to pray for all Israel, and their troubles….
…God, Who would save him, would save all His believers.