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Teach Me Your Paths

Date: September 28, 2023

I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional. 

B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share

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B - Bible Verse: "Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths." Psalm 25:4

L - Listen for God's Word and pray: Dear Lord, as I come before you today, I echo the words of Psalm 25:4. Show me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths. Open my heart and ears to receive your guidance and wisdom as I meditate on your Word.

E - Explore the History and Meaning: Psalm 25 is attributed to David, the shepherd-king of Israel. In this psalm, David seeks God's guidance and mercy in times of trouble and acknowledges his sins. He desires to know and walk in the ways of the Lord.  This verse reflects David's deep desire for divine guidance. It's a heartfelt plea for God to reveal His ways and teach His paths. David understands that God's ways are higher than human ways, and he longs to align his life with the Lord's perfect will. This verse reminds us of the importance of seeking God's direction in our lives and trusting His wisdom.

S - Study the Key Words or Phrases

"Show me your ways": David asks God to reveal His ways, indicating a desire for divine guidance and understanding.

"Teach me your paths": David seeks instruction from God, wanting to learn and walk in the paths of righteousness.

"Lord": Recognizes God's authority and sovereignty in directing our paths.

S - Summarize and Share:

This verse from Psalm 25 is like a heart-to-heart conversation with the Almighty, an intimate plea for His divine guidance. As I read these words, "Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths," they resonate deeply within me.

You see, life often feels like a complex maze. It's filled with choices, some inconsequential, others life-altering. In these moments of decision, I've often found myself echoing David's prayer. There's a realization that my own understanding is limited, and I need the light of God's wisdom to illuminate my path.

I've learned that seeking His ways isn't a sign of weakness but a demonstration of trust. It's admitting that He knows the way when I'm uncertain. It's acknowledging that His paths are righteous and true, even when the world's paths seem tempting.

There have been times when I rushed ahead, thinking I had it all figured out, only to stumble and falter. But when I've taken a moment to say, "Show me your ways, Lord," something beautiful happens. His peace descends, His wisdom unfolds, and I find myself on a path that, while it may not always be easy, is filled with purpose and His presence.

For me, this verse has become more than words on a page; it's a lifeline. It's a reminder that God is not distant but intimately involved in guiding and teaching me. It's a reassurance that I'm not alone in this journey; I have a loving Father who longs to show me the way.

So as you reflect on Psalm 25:4 today, consider making it your prayer too. In those moments of uncertainty or decision, whisper these words, "Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths." Let it be a personal conversation with your Creator, an invitation for His wisdom to lead you, and a reminder that His guidance is always within reach.

4 Bible Cross References:

Proverbs 3:5-6

Psalm 23:3

Isaiah 30:21

James 1:5

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