347 – Psalm 25 – Leader, Teacher, Guide

I have a quick question or two. How much time, excluding church on Sunday, do you spend reading the word of God each week? My next question is how much time do you spend studying the word of God per week? Listening to sermons or teachings doesn’t count. I want to know how much time you set aside for yourself to dig into the scriptures. I’m not trying to shame you, I just want to bring the discussion into focus. 

I suspect that for most of us, the amount of time we spend reading and studying the Holy Bible in a week is embarrassingly low. Why is that? Two possible “reasons” instantly pop into my mind and maybe yours too. The first reason is we simply don’t have time. The second reason is we just don’t know where to start or if we are talking about studying we simply don’t know how. What if we kept a journal of how we spend our time each day for one week? What do we spend our time on? How much time do we spend watching television or streaming services?

If it’s true our actions speak louder than our words what are ours declaring? If I watch an hour show every day, but spend little or no time in God’s word are my actions saying, “My show is far more important to me than God’s word”? If I understand how a football game works, but I don’t know how to study the Bible are my actions again proclaiming, “Football is important enough to learn, but I don’t value learning how to study the scriptures”? Maybe it’s time to be honest with ourselves. Maybe, if we don’t spend time in the Bible, it’s because we just don’t want to do it for whatever reason. I can assure you if you read the word of God you will learn. And if you study the word of God you will learn even more. Learning very naturally equals growing. Unless of course, you refuse to apply the truths you learn. But that’s another whole rant.

If you’re still with me, let’s make a few observations in Psalm twenty-five. When we are making observations of the passage we are studying we look for repeating words and phrases. Another thing we do is look for keywords that influence our understanding of the text. Today I’d like to sort of combine both observational steps. I noticed the following:

  • Way(s) repeats 4 times
  • Teach(es) repeats 5 times
  • Paths repeat 2 times
  • Guide repeats 1 time
  • Lead repeats 1 time

Even though the words “guide” and “lead” only occur one time each, they belong in this list because they are closely related to the other words. These words show up between verses four and twelve and almost always show up in close proximity to one another. As an example, let’s look at verses four and five.

Psalm 25:4-5 (NKJV)

           4       Show me Your ways, O [YHWH];

    Teach me Your paths.

           5       Lead me in Your truth and teach me,

    For You are the God of my salvation;

    On You I wait all the day.

If we aren’t spending time in God’s word we are not cultivating our relationship with Him. This is in stark contrast to the petitions of King David as represented in this Psalm. David wants to spend time with YHWH his God. He wants YHWH to “Lead” him, “Guide” him, and “Teach” him.

Let’s jump down to verses eight through twelve. 

Psalm 25:8-12 (NKJV)

8       Good and upright is [YHWH];

    Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.

           9       The humble He guides in justice,

    And the humble He teaches His way.

           10       All the paths of [YHWH] are mercy and truth,

    To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.

           11       For Your name’s sake, O [YHWH],

    Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

           12       Who is the man that fears [YHWH]?

    Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.

Why spend time with YHWH God in His word? The first part of verse eight declares the answer, “Good and upright is [YHWH]”! I wonder…do we believe that? Do we believe that YHWH is Good and righteous (upright)? Please study the Bible. If you have to start small, give it five minutes a week – seriously. Set a timer for five minutes and quit when the timer goes off. What will you gain? Treasures beyond compare! Spend time with YHWH and He will lead you, guide you, teach you, and put you on His path.

 

 Psalm 119:105 (NKJV)

           105       Your word is a lamp to my feet

    And a light to my path.

 

YHWH is worthy of Praise, Worship, and Adoration.

 


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