God Guides the Path of the Humble
Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way. – Psalm 25:8-9
As we continue to think on the journey on which God took Saul of Tarsus, bringing him onto the path of Christ, and moulding him into the great man we know today to be Paul the Apostle, we see much in Scripture about the paths God has each of us on. There are many instances throughout God’s Word of God redirecting the path of His people, and many places in which we can hear the desires God has for the kind of paths that believers today might find themselves on.
God’s calling for how we are to live our lives along these paths is found all throughout the book of Psalms. Today’s passage from the 25th Psalm breaks down the principal of why God guides our paths, whose path he guides, and how he guides their paths.
The first line helps us understand the underlying truth about God guiding our paths. God is good and upright. At a very fundamental level, God is good, not even in terms of what He has done throughout the world or what He is doing in our lives today. In the very DNA of His being, God is the definition of what it means to be good and upright. This is a fundamental and foundational truth for how we proceed in our entire relationship with God. It affects how we view God’s sovereignty in what happens in our lives. What we believe about who God is rolls into all that we assume and speak about God. For this reason, we must know, experience, and affirm that God is good.
The next line begins with the word “therefore.” On account of his goodness, He has given His instructions so that we may know how to live within His ways and His path. Because God is good and upright, He has provided a way for us to be good and upright in accordance with our being made in His image.
The Psalm continues, saying that God guides the humble. There is a difference here between instructing, which He does to all sinners, and guiding, which He does only to those who humble themselves before God. If we truly desire to walk in the path which God has set before us, we must put aside all things which keep us prideful and haughty.
Finally, we see in the last line that God teaches His ways to the humble. God guides our paths because He is good and upright. He guides our paths when we are humble. He guides our paths through teaching us His ways.
Action Step: Read Psalm 119:105-112. How does this Psalm continue to help us understand what it means to humble ourselves before God?