TEACH ME AND LEAD ME, LORD
Success in the Christian life begins with our being willing to be willing. It is our willingness, our innermost desire, to want to know God, understand Him and do His will that makes the difference in who we become, what we live for and give our lives to.
David set the example and gives us an excellent program of being willing to be willing to become a “man after God’s own heart.” He asked God to “Teach me how to live, O Lord, (and) Lead me along right paths.” This short, simple and specific prayer exposes David’s desire: to know God and to make Him known.
When he asked God to “teach” him, David was pleading for God to give him guidance. This prayer did not arise out of need to confess his sins. It came from a deep desire to have an intimate relationship with God – to experience Him as a friend and confidant. David was well aware of the fact that if he did not allow God to be his teacher, he would not enjoy God’s protection and would not be “led along right paths.” And if he did not travel on “right paths,” he certainly could not make God known to those seeking Him.
David, in this verse, also prays for “victory over his enemies” who were waiting to destroy him. David knew that if God was with him no force was powerful enough to harm him or hurt him. Regardless of whom the enemy might be, those who believe in God have nothing to fear. No one or no thing can undo the work of God. What He has done will withstand any attack of Satan.
Prayer: Give us Your assurance, Lord, that as we know You and do Your will, You will always guard us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 27:11 Teach me your way, LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.