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Teach Me Your Paths

Anchor Devotional - 10.30.16


Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalm 25:4-5

Psalm 1 teaches us that the man who walks in the way of the Lord is blessed. In the 25th psalm, David is praying for just that. Trusting in the goodness of the Lord and praying for mercy and grace, David asks the Lord to teach him. I doubt he means that he doesn’t know what’s right. Rather, he is asking God to help him do what is right.

There is a big difference between knowing how something works and being able to do it. On the one hand I know how to play a piano: you hit the keys and move the pedals, and little hammers hit strings and noise is produced. Yet I have no idea how to make beautiful songs come from the piano. David knows what’s right, but his sinful nature keeps him from walking in it. This is the same struggle Paul wrestled with when he said, “For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:15). Certainly it is our struggle as well.

Lift up this prayer of supplication: “Lord, let your Holy Spirit guide us and correct us. Teach us your ways and teach us to walk in them.”

Scripture Focus

Psalm 25

Insight

Our Father is not far from us, drawing us nearer to Him. He sent His Son to save us and His Spirit to guide us.

Read the Bible

  • Jeremiah 35-36
  • Psalm 119:121-176
  • 1 Corinthians 13