Psalm 25:4-5 – “Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.” NASU
Have you ever prayed, “Lord, make me like Jesus”? Maybe you have even prayed, “Lord, make me like Jesus no matter what it takes.” Have you ever prayed for patience? I remember once, praying for patience and it seemed that everything that could go wrong went wrong for about a week. I finally in desperation complained to God in my prayer and said, “Lord, what is going on? I need help.” I heard that quiet calm voice inside say, “I’m just answering your prayer.” As I was about to protest and ask, “What Prayer?” the Holy Spirit said, PATIENCE!
I was asking for God to give me, as a gift, Patience. It is not a gift, but a learned quality and He was giving me opportunity after opportunity to learn and demonstrate patience. Since that time, I have been very careful in how I word my prayers and requests to the Lord. His answers are not always the way we expect them. I wanted something easy and learned, once more, that life is seldom easy.
The Bible tells us in Psalm 103:7 that God “made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel.” The acts are the outworking of what has happened, the ways are the whys it is done. God was teaching Moses His whys not just his whats. He was developing in Moses the qualifications and qualities of leadership. In teaching him the Ways of God, he was transforming his heart and bringing him to a new level of trust. That was a quality demonstrated repeatedly in his dealings with the nation of Israel. That spirit of trust and obedience helped keep the nation for totally straying off course.
Knowing God’s ways will enable us to take our stand on solid ground spiritually and will become a hedge about us to keep us from getting off course. What are the paths of God? The saying that was made popular a few years ago is applicable, WWJD. What would Jesus do? It is the cry of my heart to know God in a deeper measure and with a greater understanding than I have ever known. I want to dwell in His presence and hear His heart in all things. I want to know, in a greater measure, truth, His truth. I want to be a spiritual sponge and drink in as much of the water of life as He will pour upon me.
The Psalmist asks for three things that he understands will produce life, peace, contentment, joy, and enable him to live victoriously. He asks, “O LORD; teach me Your paths.” Let me comprehend the path of life you have ordained and desired. “Lead me in Your truth…” Pilate asked, “What is truth?” Jesus said, “Father, Your Word is truth.” We know that Jesus is the Word of God and our Lord declared, “I am the way, the life, and the truth.” God’s truth will liberate us like nothing else and that freedom is complete freedom. He also asked, “Teach me.” Whatever I need to know, teach me. Let me gain a comprehension of Truth and Your ways so that I might teach others.
He concluded with a commitment saying “Lord, you are the God of my salvation and I recognize my need for Truth, Your Truth, to know your ways, to understand your paths, and purposes so I will wait all the day!” I will be like the deer that pants for the water brooks, I will WAIT FOR YOU! I will cause my mind and my spirit to be still in your presence and LISTEN!
So, I pray, “Lord, make us like Jesus and let us be lights shining into the darkness. God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!”