The joy of living in God’s will
Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past. Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord. The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. Psalm 25:4-8
From the text, David expressed his dependence upon God. In his prayer, he was asking God that through His word, He will teach Him His ways. He knew that he was susceptible in following his own ways and in his experience, things did not turn out the way they should. If our determination is to accomplish God’s will for our lives, there are certain things that we need to do. We should be willing to wait on God. Our impatience to wait on the Lord could tempt us to recommence following our own schedule. David knew that it is by following God that he will be in the right path. By obeying God’s word, he discovered the truth and His unfailing love. Most of the time, the will of God runs in contrast with the things of the world and we might be tempted to have the world in influence our lifestyle and motivations. The counsel might be appealing but realize that God’s perspective alone should matter. As the Psalmist said, it is only God who “is good and does what is right.” God wants us to get freed from our ways in the past during the time that when we do not know Him yet as our Lord and Savior. Our past failures could affect our view of ourselves that we will fail to see the He already has forgiven us and His love is in us. Left on our own, our tendency is to pursue our selfish desires. Unless guided by God, we won’t be able to discern the way of godliness. It is by constant coming to God in prayer and in His word that we realize His ways. Not only that God will reveal to us the truth but He will also lead us into it. As the Psalmist said, God will “point out the road for me to follow.” If you have trusted God as the only way for salvation, you should also trust that His way is the only path to real satisfaction in life. When your life is committed to experiencing fellowship and intimacy with Him, His desires become the desires of your heart and you will prove that “the secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant” (Psalms 25:14).
Noel De Guzman
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