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 Lord’s paths or ways are truth and we can know them as we wait on Him.
All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. (Psalm 25:10, NKJV)
I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me. I cling to your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame! (Psalm 119:30-31, NKJV)
We need to take notice that all the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth. Whatever road God has chosen for us we can be certain that it is a path of truth, and it always follows mercy because the loving Father is so good to us when we should be banished from His presence. There is a certainty to be grasped by us as we wait upon the Lord for direction – wherever He leads it is the correct path for us, for His paths are paths of truth.
Truth as used here in the Hebrew means faithfulness and is often linked to God’s loving-kindness as is the case in this psalm (Psalm 25:10). The Lord’s paths are truth because He is faithful to who He is, a loving and kind Father who desires the best for His children. The path is not said to be easy or what we would desire it to be if it were up to us, but we can rely on His faithfulness that it is the best path for us.
If we keep His covenant and testimonies the path is promised to be a path of truth. The Lord rewards the righteous believer who keeps the covenant and testimonies of God. The path is directly linked to the process of sanctification of the believer. As we become more like Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit we conform to His will of being keepers of the covenant and His testimonies. The covenant is our contract with God that allows us access to His presence through the shed blood of Jesus Christ (Jeremiah 31:31; Hebrews 8 and 9). The testimonies are what God declares to be true, such as His mercy and grace toward His people.
I have chosen the way of truth. There is a choice that every disciple of the Messiah faces in life, every day: the lie of the world or the truth of God. Those who wait on God will be able to discern the way of truth and follow that path.
Your judgments I have laid before me. How do we lay God’s judgments before us? Bible study! It is all there for us to learn. The Lord does not hide from us the things we need to understand. When we read and understand the Bible we are informed and we can make thoughtful choices, the choices that lead to truth.
I cling to your testimonies. Cling in the Hebrew means to join with, and stay with. It is used of something sticking to something else. A testimony meansprecept, or warning sign in the Hebrew. It is always used in connection with the testimony of God. Making the choice to cleave to the proclaimed goodness of God and what His Word says about Him is what the person who waits on God does because he is developing Christian character.
O LORD, do not put me to shame. The Lord cannot put us to shame because God could not be unfaithful to Whom He is. When we wait on God with hope, and develop in Christian character, He will remain faithful to us and we will not be put to shame.
This blog emphasizes choice and what you need to do to be lead into all truth by the Holy Spirit. Pray about what God has placed on your heart concerning this lesson. Make the choice to wait on God with great hope.