"A PLAIN PATH"
"Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies"-Psalm 27:11
Here we find David in a fervent posture of prayer. It seems that many decisions are before him and his mind is uncertain as to which way to turn; which road to take; which option to choose. This circumstance we will all find ourselves in from time to time. It may be yours today. Let David's prayer become our own.
The first thing we notice about this petition is David's plea for Godly instruction: "teach me". In his "Treasury of David", C.H. Spurgeon writes, "This prayer evinces an humble sense of personal ignorance, great teachableness of spirit, and cheerful obedience of heart."
It is wisdom to realize that we have a lot to learn, and that God may still teach us many things regardless of our age or position in life. From The great fountain of wisdom may be found direction for every decision. Our inability to decide is an indication of our need for the arm of our Beloved. It has ushered us into the posture of prayer, and even though our path is not yet clear, there are comforts to be found in His presence. The decision is no longer ours…..it is His.
David then asks for "thy way". Here we find submission. David has turned from self-centered desires to the only One who knows what is best for him. As the old hymn goes:
"Thy way, not mine, O Lord, However dark it be;
Oh, lead me by Thine own right hand; Choose Thou the path for me!
Smooth let it be, or rough, It still will be the best;
Winding or straight, it matters not; It leads me to Thy rest.
I dare not choose my lot; I would not if I might;
But choose Thou for me, O my Lord! So shall I walk aright."
If we have genuinely asked for "Thy way", should we not seek counsel from the sacred scriptures for an answer? Surely, this would shed some light upon our present plight. In the 119th psalm, the writer found the scriptures to be "My delight and my counsellors"-v.24. Let the sacred cannon become our counsellor until the path is plain. Holy inspiration will always agree with the divine mind of God!
David then asks to be led, "lead me". We are either following the Lord's path in our life or walking in our own light. The blind can not lead the blind or they will both fall into the ditch. If we follow our own light we shall walk in circles, lost in a maze of indifference. His hand is outstretched to weary pilgrims and His grace is sufficient for the trial. The pressure is off of self when we follow such leadership. As the woodsman's eye is upon a sure compass, our eye must be constant upon Him.
"A plain path" is the one that David sought. That is a path that is level, straight and upright, with great visibility. Though the challenge may be great, in time it will become the path of least resistance because it is His way: it is level. A straight path is one that allows the sojourner to see far ahead, the future becomes clear. It is upright in that it is honest and right.
The enemies must be mentioned because these seem to be the distraction to David's plain path, obscuring his vision. They are Satan's adversaries given to confuse, scare and hinder our progress. They are the waves that disrupted Peter's vision as he walked to Jesus on the water. As long as his eyes were fixed upon Jesus, the storm had no power and his path was miraculous. Until the path is plain, we must adopt David's attitude which is reflected in the last verse of this psalm, "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."
Come and worship with us at Harmony Primitive Baptist Church, in Donaldson, where God is sovereign, and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Visit our web page at www.primitivebaptist.org/donaldson/ Singing begins at 10:30 each Sunday morning followed by preaching at 11:00.
By His mercy and grace,
Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor