"Joyful Leading" Tuesday Psalm 25:4
“Lord, direct me throughout my journey
so I can experience your plans for my life.
Reveal the life-paths that are pleasing to you.”
Psalm 25:4 (TPT)
God wants to be known by you.
He wants us to get to know Him so He can show us what real life, true love and freedom looks like. There are many places in the Old Testament where we see God pleading with His people to stop performing religious acts without pursuing relationship with Him. One such place in scripture is a profound revelation of the heart of God,
“I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings."
Hosea 6:6 (NLT)
I want you to know me…
David, the writer of this Psalm, seems to be right in line with God’s heart when he expresses his desire to know God’s ways and to be led into the Father’s “life-paths that are pleasing” to Him. This Psalm of surrender contains many places where David, as a son of God, reveals a deep trust in His Father based upon a knowledge of who He is. David states several attributes of God as reasons for his trust in Him in this Psalm: that God is good, faithful, forgiving and protective to name a few.
How well do you feel you know God? Have you been aware of His open invitation and desire for you to get to know Him?
Knowing someone shapes the way we act around them and what we expect in our relationship with them.
God wants to show us who He is so that our hearts can rest in who He is.
In order to trust in a promise we must trust the One who gave the promise to be faithful and follow through. As we open our hearts and seek to know God we will discover that He really is faithful and not only that but when we grow in the knowledge of His love for us we grow in the confidence that He will surely be faithful to us personally.
The list in the bible commonly known as “The Fruits of the Spirit” reveal to us who God is since it is His Spirit that indwells us when we come back into relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ’s finish work on the cross. These are aspects of His character which are revealed in this list: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal.5:22-23).
Knowledge of God and knowing God are two different things and the latter comes through relationship.
Knowing God is love, for example, is different than knowing Him personally as loving to you and/or the world around you.
And that is His desire! Not to just be a by stander to philosophical discussions about Him but to be in conversation with us. When we realize how good He is we, too, will exclaim like David, “Lord teach me your ways!” To know Him is to come to know all that He is!
He delights in teaching us His ways whenever we come to Him like children with inquisitive hearts bent on following Him. This is what the Christian life is ultimately about. Deep relationship as sons and daughters with our Father that produces a life devoted to His heart and purposes for us. He is the One who joyfully leads us to the best He has for us in every area of life.
I hope you feel more assured of His desire for relationship with you and that you are drawn into deeper relationship with Him today.