Psalm 25:9 – He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
Here is the key to a close relationship with God. Humility. A realisation that no matter what our role or position in life, when we come into the presence of The Lord and seek to have an ongoing relationship with him, we must recognise our place relative to Him. This is not just in relation to His power, majesty, knowledge, omnipresence but also and most importantly with regard to the primacy of His will and therefore what is right for me. If I think I know best then I will not be teachable and I am not humble.
The verse points out our failings, we do not know what is right, but He does. We, if left alone, will not follow the right path through life, either in what we do or how we do it. However God knows and wants to share with us the plans He has for us.
The implication of this verse, and the little triplet of verses (8-10) in the middle of this psalm, is that God is not like some wise man sitting in a cave waiting for people to come to Him, so that He can then share His wisdom. Instead He is active, seeking out every one of us (we are all sinners) to teach us His ways.
Not all will listen, it is the humble, those who put God and His way and will before their own, who will benefit from this “one on one” masterclass.
Then as we step out into the world around us, wherever God has placed us (our physical location, the vocation He has given us and the relation(ships) we form there) we will discover the full extent of the love God has for us.
This all sounds great, why would we not do this? Many recognise it is what they should do, some even start off on this journey, but it is demanding (v10) so there are those who drop out.
So, if you’re reading this, will you start on this journey of discovery? Or if you have started, take courage, stick at it. Come to God, not to demand or get your own way, rather to listen and thus learn His way. Then we can enter each day, not going aimlessly through life, nor struggling to impose our desires and wishes on Him. Rather we will depart on the path, sometimes broad and relatively flat, sometimes steep, rocky and hard, towards our destination of the great vista that God has laid out for us in His presence. Then one day we will reach the summit and when we get there we will hear Him welcome us, “come my friend, you’ve made it. Well done, rest and enjoy.”