“Teach me Your paths.” Psalm xxv.4
An attitude of learning is vital to spiritual life and growth. David the Psalmist prayed that God would teach him His ways. His repeated requests seeking instruction from God reveals David’s willingness to learn from God. This also shows us his humility and his personal relationship with God.
Show me Your ways, O Yahweh;
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.
The humble He teaches His way.
Who is the man that fears Yahweh?
Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.
The secret of Yahweh is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant.
Psalm xxv.4, 5, 9, 12, 14
In no other chapter in the Bible, with the exception of Psalm 119, do we find as many petitions seeking God’s revelation and teaching.
God can directly teach us His Word through His Spirit. He can also use His people to teach us His ways as long as we are willing to test every lesson against God’s eternal Word. There are several things that are unclear to us. If only we would pray like David! The day we stop learning from God and His people, we’ll stop growing in Christ.
A lack of willingness to learn new lessons in God’s ways reflects an attitude of pride or our indifference to the things of God. We might think that we have arrived. We may deceive ourselves by thinking that God has already taught us everything there is to learn. Or, we may be so engrossed in the things of this world that we have lost sight of what is truly precious.
If we approach God and His people with this sense of ‘fullness,’ God cannot teach us anything new. Mary’s song reminds us of the misfortune of those who considered themselves rich: “He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.” Luke i.53
Are we teachable? When was the last time you asked God to teach you His ways and His Word? When was the last time you asked your Christian friend about what God had taught him recently? What divine lesson did God teach you today?