To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.
Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees. ~ Psalm 25:1-10
The law is a gift, and it draws us closer to God.
The law is a teacher that helps us to understand God, God's desires, and God's ways.
When we really love someone, we want to know what makes them tick, don't we? To know the ways in which they work and see the world.
Scripture itself does that for us with God. We get to know God through the reading and learning of God's word.
We are drawn closer to God as we let God's word sink deep into our hearts.
As we discuss it with others and let it prod us and grow.
Why do we want to know God's ways?
Not simply so we can get to heaven. No, we want to know God's ways to see the heaven on earth that those ways open up for us. So that we can grow deeper in relationship with God and each other.
So that the way of love is the path that guides us in all that we do and all that we are.
Teach me your ways, dear God, and help me to live a life of love. Amen