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)
God will lead you in your path and you are led while waiting with hope:
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3, NKJV)
He restores my soul. The first thing you need in order to be led on the path is to have a relationship with the Good Shepherd (Psalm 23:1; John 10:1-30). The purpose of Him restoring our soul is to put the soul back to where it was meant to be in the beginning. The soul was created to be eternal and eternally in the presence of the Lord. At the fall of man (Genesis 3) the soul was separated from the living God by sin because the wages of sin was death (Romans 6:23). With a restored relationship with the Good Shepherd the soul can live eternally in the presence of the Lord.
Paths of righteousness. Right standing before God with access to His presence is the path we should desire – the paths of righteousness. Because the Lord is righteous we can only travel down His path by being made righteous before Him. Being restored for His name’s sake through repentance allows us to become clean and walk before Him in righteousness (1 John 1:9; Romans 5:11; and 2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
For His name’s sake. The glory and honor of the Creator God is the purpose for restoring our soul and to being led in His paths (Romans 11:36 and 16:27; Galatians 1:5; Ephesians 3:21; Philippians 4:20; and 1 Timothy 1:17).
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my adversaries. (Psalm 27:11, NKJV)
We should desire to be led in a smooth path without holes in the road. Holes in the road are often hard to see and when hit by us in full stride it becomes easy to trip and fall. When there is trouble all around, and the Enemy of our souls looking to trip us up, we can seek the Lord and He will lead us in a smooth path so that our footing is sure. We can seek His face amongst the worst of storms. We seek His smooth paths as we wait upon Him.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:6, NKJV)
In everything we do we are to proclaim that it is by the Lord’s actions that we are established; “for in Him we live and move and exist (Acts 17:28, NASB).” God gets all the glory for everything good in our lives. The person who has Christian character does not shine the light upon himself rather he shines the light upon the Lord who acts on our behalf because He loves us so much. As the old adage commends us: to give credit where credit is due; the credit belongs to the Lord God. When we acknowledge God He then is free to direct our paths because we are putting all of our trust in Him, not with self.
I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. (Proverbs 4:11, NKJV)
Because we are taught the way of wisdom, the way of God, He can lead us in the right paths. Our heart’s desire is to use the wisdom of the Creator and Master Planner to lead us in the right paths. The will of the Lord, in order to be recognized, needs some level of wisdom to comprehend and to act upon – that wisdom comes from God. James 1:5 tells us to ask for wisdom. The right paths are what we are after, not the path of man, but rather the path of our loving Father. First we learn the wisdom He teaches, and then we can be lead down the right path by His wisdom.
I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them. (Isaiah 42:16, NKJV)
For once we were blind, but now we see (John 9:20, 25). Jesus came to give sight to the spiritually blind (for examples of blindness which are physical and/or physical see Luke 4:18; John 9:39; Matthew 11:5; Matthew 15:14; and Matthew 23:16-26). With the blindness removed by Christ we can be lead without falling or straying from the path. The paths will be straight and easy to follow, easy to travel. He will not forsake us, but will travel the path with us, leading all the way – He promised (Hebrews 13:5; Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; and Joshua 1:5).
Ask God for wisdom (James 1:5) right now. Then you will be able to begin to discern His path for you as you wait upon God with great hope.