7/24 – Make Me Know Your Ways (Psalm 25)
Introduction — Here David states his desperate need for God and his deep trust in God. David confides in God. David cries out to God. David turns to God. David urges God to guide him. “Make me know Your ways, Lord; teach me Your paths,” David pleads. Throughout this psalm, David seeks God’s heart. David wants to obey God. He wants to follow Him. David sees that God’s ways are the best ways. David wants to know God’s ways. God’s path is a good and upright way. God’s path is faithful love and truth. God’s path is forgiveness and mercy. God’s path is a humble way. God’s path is a gracious way. And David wants to walk in God’s ways. How about us? Do we long to know God’s ways? Do we want to follow God’s ways? Do we seek God’s righteous path? Do we ask to guide and protect us? Do we ask God to make us know His ways?
All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth to those who keep His covenant and His testimonies. (10)
Those whom the Lord rescues are those who live in awe of Him. They cry out to Him when life’s good and when life’s not so good. They seek to know Him and obey Him. They see the Lord’s greatness. They see His grace. They see His love and truth. They boldly ask God to make them know His ways.
Make me know Your way of truth.
4 Make me 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 the day.
Commentary: Here David begins a bold and beautiful prayer. He pleads with the Lord. David urges the Lord to make him know His ways. That David makes such an urgent request of the Lord shows his deep trust in the Lord (v. 2). So, with breathtaking intensity, David asks the Lord to guide him. Make me know Your ways. Teach me your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me. That David wants to follow the Lord is clear from the imperatives (i.e. make me; teach me; lead me). That David knows how much he needs the Lord is also clear from the qualifiers (Your ways; Your paths; Your truth). For David, living to please God is not a casual hobby. It’s a full time pursuit (for You I wait all the day). One aspect of that constant pursuit is for David to hear and heed the truth of the Lord. He earnestly wants the Lord to lead him in His truth. David is hungry for the truth. Since he sees the shaky ground where his enemies stand, and since he sees the afflictions of his own life, then David’s perfect plea is for the Lord to lead him in the firm and faithful path of truth. David wants to walk in the truth of who God is and what God can do. Questions: Do you offer such urgent prayers? Do you ask the Lord to lead you in His truth? Do you want to follow His way or your way? Do you hear His truth? Do you heed His truth? Does truth of who God is captivate you? Do you live in awe of Him? Illustration: Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name. ~ Psalm 86:11
Application: Urgently seek God’s face. Cry out to Him. Sincerely and humbly ask Him, “Lead me in Your truth and teach me.”
Make me know Your way of grace.
6 Remember, O Lord, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses, for they have been from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to Your lovingkindness remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.
Commentary: David continues his prayer with a call to remembrance. First, David focuses on God’s character. “Remember, O LORD, Your compassion and Your lovingkindness.” Here David expresses his hope in the Lord’s great mercy and faithful love. This idea of mercy pictures the tender care a mother has for her child. By His grace, the Lord carries and cares for David with infinite, gentle love. Second, David asks the Lord to forget his past sins. “Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions.” David does not want God to focus on who he had been or what he had done. Third, David asks the Lord to remember him now, according to His faithful love and goodness. David knows he stands in need of God’s grace. In summary, David needs God’s grace. Throughout this prayer, David implores God to be gracious (11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21) to him. Whether it’s pardon for sin, deliverance from troubles, protection from enemies, or a desire to walk a right path, David seeks to live by God’s grace, to know God by His grace. Questions: Do you seek to live by God’s grace? Do you see the great mercy and faithful love of God? Do you see the huge pardon He extends to you? Do you dwell on the past? Do you see yourself as a new person in Christ? Do you ask God to forgive you? Do you think about God’s good and perfect attributes? Do you know His grace? Do you seek His face? Do you stand in awe of God? Illustration: For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:8-10
Application: Urgently seek God’s face. Cry out to Him. Sincerely and humbly ask Him, “Turn to me and be gracious to me.”
Word Study for Psalm 25
1 soul (nepes—breath; life; heart; living being; person)
2 trust (batah—rely on; put confidence in; believe in; certain; sure; secure)
4 know (yada—to know; notice; to see; reveal; be made aware; familiar; understand; comprehend)
4 teach (lamad—train; instruct; exercise; tame; to learn; to be instructed)
5 lead (darak—to tread; to march; to walk over; trample)
5 truth (emet—firmness; faithfulness; trustworthiness; dependable; honest; true)
6 remember (zakar—recall information or events; mention; take to court; bring to mind)
8 good (tob—good; pleasant; desirable; joyous; pleasing; generous; beautiful; festive)
9 humble (anaw—poor afflicted; humble; meek; gentle; bowed)
10 lovingkindness (hesed—loyalty; goodness; kindness; faithful love; covenant love; glory; favor)
10 truth (emet—firmness; trustworthiness; constancy; stability; reliability; honesty; integrity)
11 pardon (salah—forgive; release; remove guilt; practice forbearance)
12 fear (yare—shudder at; be in awe of; hold in deference; revere; worship; to tremble)
14 secret (sod—confidential discussion; confiding; intimacy; council; counsel; plan)
16 turn (panah—to turn oneself; turn aside; turn towards; face; make ready)
16 be gracious (hanan—have mercy; favor; show compassion; be generous; move to pity)
20 guard (samar—keep; watch over; be careful about; protect; be secured; preserve)
22 redeem (padah—to buy out; ransom; release; liberate; deliver; to set free)
Application for Psalm 25
Let’s keep looking to the Lord.
Let’s keep talking with the Lord.
Let’s ask the Lord to do what only He can do.
Let’s ask the Lord to make us know His ways.
Let’s ask the Lord to teach us and lead us in His paths.
Let’s be bold in our requests to the Lord.
Let’s ask the Lord to do according to who He is.
Gospel Connections for Psalm 25
Jesus looked to the Father. Jesus trusted Him. Jesus’ enemies did not have the final word over Him. Jesus sought to do everything according to the will of the Father. Jesus knew the way. Jesus showed the way. Jesus is the way. He taught sinners in the way to go. He taught them truth. He is the truth. Through His death on the cross, Jesus reconciled sinners to the Father. Those reconciled to the Father stand in awe of Him. They seek Him. They cry out to Him. They desire to follow Him. They enjoy a close relationship with Him. They know their great need before Him. They see His vast grace lavished on them. They know His faithful love and truth. They know Christ.
Thoughts and Quotes for Psalm 25
The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God…or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world. ~ Elisabeth Eliott
Doing the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans. ~ George MacDonald
God’s will isn’t always written in the sky, but it is clearly written in His Word. ~ Dillon Burroughs, Faith Acts
We can find ourselves in the middle of God’s perfect will and in the middle of a perfect storm at the same time!
~ David Jeremiah, What Are You Afraid Of?
To walk out of His will is to walk into nowhere. ~ C.S. Lewis
If you believe what you like in the gospel, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. ~ Augustine
The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick alongside it. ~ D.L. Moody
If you can't fly, then run.
If you can't run, then walk.
If you can't walk, then crawl,
But, whatever you do,
You have to keep moving forward.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
Go watch a family playing together in a swimming pool sometime. The father is in the water and the children are standing on the edge of the pool, dripping wet and giggling. One at a time, again and again, they leap out over the water, trusting completely that their father will catch them.
He doesn't disappoint. There may be a few near misses, but the father is focused on his task and is determined to be reliable. And he is.
It's a metaphor for the life of faith. Trust is at the heart of it.
~ retrieved from http://www.homileticsonline.com/ on July 21, 2016
By God’s grace, those whom God redeems . . .
· know His grace
· know His truth
· know His love
· know His power
· know His paths
· know His commands
· know His voice
· know His heart
· know His faithfulness
· know His mercy
· know His goodness
· know His pardon
· know His rescue
· know His friendship
· know His glory
· know His hope
Three Guiding Questions to Consider as I Follow God
1) Does this (action, comment, thought, etc.) point to God? (Do I glorify God?)
2) Does this ________________________ please God? (Do I delight God, and do I delight in God?)
3) Does this ________________________ praise God? (Do I boast in God alone?)