Constructive Life Instruction


God longs to teach us His ways because He wants to share His life with us. He wants His children to know Him.

Teach me Your way, 0 Lord. Psalm 27:11

I (David) have gratefully learned to pray the psalmist's prayer "Teach me Your way" when I'm faced with crucial decisions or struggles in relationships. God has brought tremendous relief as I've prayed the psalmist's prayer when "my way" has clearly been the wrong way.

By far, the best result from my "psalmist prayers" has been the sweet intimacy with our Lord. I've discovered that just as it's important for me to want to learn His ways, He longs to teach me. The Lord wants me to be in on His plans and His desires. He doesn't just want to teach me His commandments to help me shape up. He doesn't have a checklist of lessons that I've got to pass. The Lord wants to teach me His ways because He longs for me to know Him better.

It's important to notice that the psalmist offered his prayer only after he had recounted his intimate relationship with the Lord. The writer reflects on God as his ultimate source of well-being and salvation. He reflects on their intimate relationship as they dwelt in the house of the Lord together. The psalmist wanted to know the ways of the Lord because he felt confident of the Lord's agenda. The psalmist also knew that God longs to teach us His ways because He wants to share His life with us.

That's the kind of God we serve—One who wants to know us and be known by us, One who wants to teach us His ways because He wants an intimate relationship with us. That kind of God is easy to serve. That kind of God I can love—and I'm ready to listen.

How could you spend some time getting to know the ways of the Lord today—letting God share Himself with you?

Lord, I want to know Your ways, but I also want to know You.

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