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 canít 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 Godís passion. His heart was the same as Godís 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 doesnít show us Himself with pictures or words, He does this with a sense of a knowing or a change in us. We canít see with our own eyes. We canít 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 Godís path and he never hesitates with statements like ďI want your path only if itís easy, or I want to walk down your path only ifÖÖDavid knew one thing. He knew what He wanted. He wanted only God. Easy or hard, Godís path and Godís ways were his goal.
Challenge: Ask yourself this question: Do I really want Godís ways regardless of where it takes me? Am I willing to trust God and say ďShow me Your ways, teach me Your pathsĒ.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.