• William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 17, 2021

Daily Reading: Psalm 21-25

Psalm 25:4-5

Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

A better prayer than this could never be offered, except the sinner’s prayer for salvation. Notice three things that David states that the Lord has: ways, paths, truth. Thy ways, thy paths, thy truth. Meaning the Lord’s ways, the Lord’s paths, the Lord’s truth. His ways are beyond finding out, for He must show them to us. His path is narrow for only the sincere in heart and mind can continually walk thereon. His truth is open for all to read, but only comprehended by those that are led by the Holy Ghost.

His ways, paths and truth can only be found by His actions toward us. Yes, He must show us his ways, teach us his paths, and lead us in His truth, thereby teaching us of His manner of life for us. David qualifies his prayer as being one who trusts the Lord alone for salvation, for he states that the Lord is the God of His salvation. Such a salvation was not conjured up in David’s mind, nor the work of his hands, neither was it obtained nor kept by his goodness. He was wholly dependent upon the Lord for salvation.

Because of all this. The desire to be shown His ways, taught His paths, and led in His truth, and the fact that He was David’s salvation, he (David) waited all the day on and for Him. Who would you wait on for a day? Your spouse, perhaps but would you wait with gladness? Your boss, perhaps but with patience? Your friend? Few can wait on anything or anyone. Waiting is not a practice in which many have been trained. In the days when a person would wait a month to receive a letter, or days to have a telephone call returned, or wait for the crops to grow to harvest, in those days most knew how to wait. But not today. We have no time to wait.

But wait we must, wait upon the Lord that is. Those that wait upon the Lord have been promised that they shall inherit the earth (Psalm 37:9), have His mercy upon them (Psalm 123:2), and…well Isaiah 40:31 promises this: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

So, wait upon the Lord to show you His ways, teach you His paths, and lead you into His truth. After all, He is the God of your Salvation, through Christ the Lord. At the point of growing restless, impatient, or tired of waiting, remember this simple truth; God is never early, neither is He late, He is always perfectly on time. Just wait if need be. Wait on the Lord all the day long.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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