Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
The Scriptures tell us we can be directed in His ways and this involves hopeful waiting.
Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes! (Psalm 119:5, NKJV)
The Hebrew word used for directed means to set up, to make firm, to establish, and to prepare. The primary action of this verb is to cause to stand in an upright position, and thus the word also means fixed or standing firm. The Psalmist expresses his desire that the Lord directs his life in a manner that he will be living in God’s ways. The Psalmist realizes that he is unable in his own effort to walk in God’s ways, and in desperation cries out to the Lord. This is a prayer that will touch the Father’s heart because it is His desire to always bless His children with His perfect will being worked out in their lives. This same desire needs to be our prayer as we learn how to ask the Father for His direction as we wait on God because we are letting go of our selfish will and begin to seek after the good will of the Father. We need to recognize our limitations and petition for the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The prayer is not for enablement to walk in His ways, rather a petition for direction: which way do I face so God can direct me in His ways? Oh, let us pray as the Psalmist! Wait on the Lord continually – all the day.
The Scriptures tell us we can contemplate His ways.
I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. (Psalm 119:15, NKJV)
The word in this passage in the Hebrew used for contemplate means to look, to watch, to regard. It has the sense of looking somewhat intensely in a focused way at something. The Father’s ways should be the focus in our lives, something to regard highly, something to search for with passion. The Psalmist is focused on the LORD’s ways because his own ways are contrary to the ways of God. In our natural sinful state we desire to find our own ways and follow our heart; and we focus our life to achieve this at any cost. But that is deceptive and leads to a life void of peace and true blessedness. Only when we are in the ways of the Father do we experience what we were created for – kingdom living for the King of kings. To contemplate His ways we need to study His Word, which is divinely made available to those seeking His ways. I find that when I am in the Word of God that I am on a treasure hunt. I look between the pages and turn over every rock and search in every bush for the truth of God’s Word – I want to know His ways. We need to know His Word and hold it in high esteem and to focus on what He is telling us when we search for His ways in Scripture. We also spend time in prayer and worship; to sit at His feet is not only a blessing to the Lord, but it develops the way of life for the person who is waiting on God with hope. When we are waiting on God the focus is not on ourselves, which frees up our focus for His ways.
Develop the attitude of waiting on God by stepping up your use of the disciplines of Bible study, prayer, and worship in your life. Rearrange your schedules after spending time in prayer to free up some time to invest your life for the kingdom today by waiting on God with great hope. Wait on the Lord continually – all the day.