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 keep His ways:
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. (Psalm 18:21, NASB)
Waiting allows God to reveal His ways in His time. Waiting subsequently prepares us to keep His ways when they are revealed to us because the Lord’s timing is perfect; we can perform His will when we are empowered to do so through waiting.
The Hebrew word for kept in the passage from Psalm 18 means to watch, to keep, to preserve, to guard, to be careful, to watch over, to watch carefully over, to be on one’s guard. Kept is not being passive with the ways of God, but rather having the attitude of carefully guarding and protecting His ways from being breached or not kept. In fact not keeping His ways is wickedness according to this passage. After we are taught His ways we are to keep them continually. We are entrusted with the ways of God and we should guard them as valuable.
Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, for blessed are they who keep my ways. (Proverbs 8:32, NASB)
Another one of God’s ways is to be listening and hearing, which is both an attitude of the heart and application of the mind and the will. Listen in the Hebrew means to hear, to obey, to be heard of, to be regarded, to cause to hear, to proclaim, to sound aloud. The command is not only to hear but to obey. There is effort required to receive His ways and to apply them in our daily walk in obedience to God’s will.
Not only are we to guard His ways by keeping them, there is a blessing attached to keeping them. This is logically the case for the Father desires to bless us and that blessing is available to those who keep His ways. We are not earning the blessings for they can only be kept by those empowered by His Holy Spirit. Do you want to be blessed? Than allow the Spirit to develop the ability of waiting on God in you so you can keep His ways.
Therefore I also have made you contemptible and base before all people, because you have not kept My ways but have shown partiality in the law. (Malachi 2:9, NKJV)
As there is a blessing for keeping His ways there is a curse for not keeping them. The curse is being made contemptible and base. Contemptible in the Hebrew means to be held in disdain or to be despised. Do you want to be not liked by all the people for declaring you keep the ways of God, but do not? By putting the label of Christian on yourself comes with the responsibility of presenting Him to the world in your life. That is why character matters so much. To be of Christian character is to represent Christ appropriately to the world; it is the Great Commission driven life. Base in the Hebrew means low, as in being in an inferior class of people. Christians should represent what is best in society for we are clearly being made into the image of Christ. Again, as representatives of Christ we should be showing the world Jesus.
As you wait for God’s will to be revealed continue to pray for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to subsequently keep His will and by portraying Christian character in every-day life. As you learn His ways keep them as you wait upon the Lord with great hope.