Psalm 25:4 Make me to 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 day long.6 Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O LORD!
David is asking God to come to his aid against enemies. We don’t know how old David was when he wrote this psalm, but he was old enough to have been king for a while – well into adulthood. I find David’s humility interesting here.
V.4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.
From his earliest days as a boy tending sheep, as a young warrior defeating Goliath, as a servant to King Saul, then finally as a king himself it would seem David was no stranger to the ways of God. He had found favor and blessing his entire life, despite hardships and struggles from time to time. God was clearly with him in every significant endeavor. And yet in this passage he suggests he still has a lot to learn.
V.5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation…
It was about 30 years ago when I began my faith journey as a committed believer in Jesus Christ. From my first days as a church member at First Lutheran Church in San Marcos, to my call to ministry in my later 20s, to serving now as pastor for over 20 years I have learned so much about life with the Lord. And yet the longer I follow Jesus the more I realize how much more there is to know. I’ve just begun to scratch the surface with Jesus.
Lord today I’m humbled by the humility of your servant David, writer of this psalm. He was a giant of the faith and yet acknowledged had more to learn. Like David I ask you to teach me your ways, guide me in your truth, hold me in your grace. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.