By Marni Montanez
New International Version (NIV)
4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.
This passionate plea of David's to learn of God is so rich. There is almost desperation in David's heart as he cries out to know his Creator. He is saying to God show me who you are because I can’t know you any other way. His cry is hopeful; his cry is sincere.
David seems to know something most Christians don't. He had spent so much time with God that his passion became God’s passion. His heart was the same as God’s heart and God wants to give us that same heart of desire for Him and Him alone.
In his quest to understand and know God, David surrendered himself wholeheartedly and in the course of their relationship David was shaped into his destined image. His thoughts, his attitudes and his behavior were exactly as God made him. He was honest and transparent and unafraid to show his true nature because He knew who He was in God. His time with God allowed David the freedom to metamorphosis into his true self. David was fashioned by His moments spent with His Creator. He asked the Lord to show him who He was and God did.
God doesn’t show us Himself with pictures or words, He does this with a sense of a knowing or a change in us. We can’t see with our own eyes. We can’t know with our own, fleshly hearts. David knew that the only way to get closer to God was to be with God. The only way to learn of Him was to invest time with Him and then David began to emulate His true Father. The more time He spent pursuing his Maker the more he saw his great need for Him and the more he knew God's heart the more this reflected within his own heart. God's heart can only be known through the Holy Spirit and David was filled with the Spirit of God, but the key thing he did was give his time and energy and commitment to God alone. In that relationship a deep well was developed and from that well water flowed out between them with ease and abundance. They truly loved each other.
When David asks God to show him His paths he wants to walk in the same direction and if possible in the same footprints God walks in. David just wants God’s path and he never hesitates with statements like “I want your path only if it’s easy, or I want to walk down your path only if……David knew one thing. He knew what He wanted. He wanted only God. Easy or hard, God’s path and God’s ways were his goal.
Challenge: Ask yourself this question: Do I really want God’s ways regardless of where it takes me? Am I willing to trust God and say “Show me Your ways, teach me Your paths”.