Teach me your paths. The title of Psalm 25 is the constant cry of my heart and my spirit. In it, David asks God to show him his ways and then he asks him to teach him. It is easy enough to know God’s ways, but it is so much harder to really learn them. Like a child I need God to take my hand and lead me and teach me according to his ways. It can be easy to beat myself up over this revelation, but I find encouragement in the fact that key characters in God’s narrative, King David and Paul, also struggled with this.
In Paul’s words, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me” (Romans 7:15-20).
Paul’s words are such an accurate description of the constant battle I face in knowing, but more importantly, learning and living according to God’s ways. Yet, God continues to show me grace and mercy, and I continue to learn from him and grow.
Do you love the Psalms? Grab your copy of Celebrating Psalms – Book 1 today!