Knowledge is one thing. Knowing is quite another. We may know about someone and yet not know that one as a person. To know someone means taking a risk and becoming vulnerable. David wanted to know God. Really know Him. So he prayed, “show me, teach me, lead me.” He was willing to take a risk! David wanted to come to know his Lord and the Lord of Life.
Notice how much there is in verse four:
When he asked God to “show him” he was literally asking God to make Himself known to him. If we want to know God like David wanted to know God, it is necessary to begin with repentance and forgiveness. The gift of salvation is the first step in our knowledge of God. As our knowledge of Christ grows, we will begin to understand the meaning of salvation, we will become more knowledgeable about God’s love, mercy and grace.
Then he continued “teach me” Your paths. If we have repented, we will want God to show us the path that He wants us to take and follow Him wherever it leads. Jesus said, “I am the way.” He is not a way, but is the way and is always willing to teach us His way but we must be willing to listen to Him speak to us.
Finally he said, “Lead me in Your truth.” He realized that he was fallible - prone to making the wrong choices. So, he was willing to admit that He needed God’s wisdom in place of his knowledge and that he needed His insights. He willingly begged God to equip him for the life that God had planned for Him.
Prayer: Father, may we willingly open our minds and hearts to know You, learn from You and serve You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 25:4 Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.