Everyday, we are faced with decisions. Most of us want to make good decisions. Sometimes, poor decisions are made willfully, but at other times they are the product of our ignorance and immaturity. One of the most powerful passages of scripture is Psalm 25 which begins with a plea to God to show us His ways. Here are some thoughts about the Ways of the Lord which were a part of my morning meditation today.
The Ways of the Lord
The Way of Truth
Psalm 25:4-5 “Show me your ways, O Lord. Teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long”
Meditation: I need the Father to show me the way. My human frailty often fails to discern what is right and best. God promises to be with me. His presence with me throughout the days is there to guide and sustain my hope and trust in him.
The Way of Mercy and Love
Psalm 25:6-7 ” Remember O Lord your great mercy and love for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways. According to your love remember me for you are good O Lord.”
Meditation: In contrast to God’s way, my ways which are often rooted in rebellion and immaturity, are laced with trauma and tragedy. Father, thank you for your mercy and love for me. Please deliver me from the treachery of my ways.
The Way of Humility
Psalm 25: 8-10 “Good and upright is the Lord, therefore he instructs sinners in his way. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”
Meditation: God’s path for me is good and upworthy. It is available at all times, but especially when I miss the mark due to sin. In fact, the consequence of sin is part of the instruction that God uses to help us understand and desire a better way. The way of God is most readily accessed through humility. Through humility, we are in a posture that enables us to gain a better understanding of what is right and true. Help me Father to desire and to walk in humility.
The Way of Faithfulness
Psalm 25:10 “All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant.”
Meditation: God’s way is full of love and faithfulness. God is trustworthy and will always keep his end of the bargain. When I am led in his way, I can rest – assured of the knowledge the he always honors the demands of his covenant. I can relax in the knowledge of being confident that he ‘has my back’.
The Way of Wisdom
Psalm 25:11-14 ” Who then is the person that fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him. He will spend his days in prosperity and his descendents will inherit the land. The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.”
Meditation: The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 9:10) When we approach and depend on God with reverential awe and respect, we are promised the grace of Godly, individualized instruction concerning the way God has designed and designated in particular for us. This way, created by a loving Heavenly Father, leads to true prosperity and blessing in our lives and the lives of our families. This is a very powerful and precious promise.
Prayer: Father, please keep me focused on you and your way today. It is only you who can release my feet from the snares and entanglements that have imprisoned me due to taking the wrong paths. Amen.