Today’s Bible reading from the Five-Day Bible Reading Plan: Genesis 47-48; Psalm 25; Galatians 3.
God gave us a mind and He intended for us to use our minds to mine out the truths of Scripture. God intends for us to not only be and live as believers but to think Christianly. In all that we do, we do so with our hearts as well as our minds. We are called to love God with our heart, soul, minds, and strength. All too often, Christians, especially in America, have relegated Christianity to a set of feelings–a high regard and respect for church and God.
In verse 5, we see that David recognizes from where his salvation comes: “You are the God of my salvation.” This God is the Pathmaker. He gives us the paths by which we are to walk. He leads us and teaches us. “Make me to know your ways, O Lord. Teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me.”
David is a man after God’s own heart. God changes our hearts from wanting to take our own paths or from a fear to take an unknown path (even if that path is good) in order to help us know not just about the paths (that’s coming up) but about ourselves taking these paths. So God is the Pathmaker, yet we have to be the pathtakers of the paths He makes.
Hudson Taylor, the great missionary to China, noted “I often think that God must have been looking for someone small enough and weak enough for Him to use, and that He found me.” This encapsulates Psalm 25 and a desire for God to have us be teachable and humble.