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Lord Teach Me Thy Ways
by Margery Wolfe
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Lord Teach Me Thy Ways

Psalm 25:7-12 Remember not the sins of my youth, not my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness sake, O Lord. Good and upright is the Lord therefore will he teach sinners in the way. The meek will he guide in judgment and the meek will he teach his way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. For thy nameís sake O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. What man is he that feareth the Lord? Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

David trusted in prayer, unto thee O Lord do I lift up my soul. David realized that not only had he sinned and didnít feel the Spirit like he once had; he realized that the spiritual nature in him that he had always felt was dead. The spiritual nature of man is the soul, more than what is found in the creation. The soul is spiritual reasoning and immortal.

Reasoning is thinking rationalizing, drawing conclusions, mental activities, speculation, reflect, deliberate, meditate, or perceive; perception, seeing, consideration, or apprehension. How does our brain work? Does it work off of what we know to do right, what we feel, what we see or how we see things, or by what we are led to believe? Reasoning has everything to do with our souls. It is reasoning that keeps us searching for God and whatís right. David knew within that something was wrong with him but he didnít understand what. He didnít realize that he had committed a sin that was more than just a transgression. He committed sin and covered it up therefore he never repented of his iniquity yet he was still trying to go on with God like everything was okay. We step outside of the will of God sometime and never realize the consequences of our actions. There is sin to the flesh and sin to the Spirit. It is two entities that are battling in our minds. God and Satan and we are caught up in the middle. The question is who are we going to obey? Who are we going to listen to? Thatís where we come in; the choice is ours.

Immortal means the soul is deathless; it does not die, it undying, permanent, imperishable, endless, timeless, everlasting, death-defying, unfading, never-ending, perennial constant ceaseless, indestructible, enduring and glorious. Where will our soul spend eternity? David didnít give this a thought when he committed iniquity against God. Have we ever thought about that? The soul is permanent and will return to God one day. The flesh will return to the earth. God will judge us and we will have heaven for eternal life or hell itís our choice. The choices we make in life can cause our soul to perish in hell; oh itís not dead but you would wish it was while it burns forever and ever. How many men and women have died and not know if they will go to heaven or not? How many of them did we try to reach with the Word of God?

1. David felt deadness within him; the soul is very much our life. The body is material and the soul is the principal of life. Man is made up of body, soul, and spirit. It was always Godís divine plan that man who had obtained a higher spiritual nature, soul, or personality than anything other thing made or created would live on forever and eternally. Jesus said in Matthew 16:26 for what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? David had made an exchange with Satan when he took a manís life to cover up his sin with this manís wife. After all who would know; David was the King. When we have sin we cover up it is called iniquity and we donít repent of it. David repented finally in Psalm 51 after God revealed the sin to Nathan the prophet and he told him of his sin. David never thought of it like that for God is a forgiving God. God is but only when we repent and really are sorrowful in our heart, soul, and spirit. Our soul and spirit repent when we come in the knowledge of our iniquity and turn our body away from the sin. Thatís why David said he lift up his soul to God.

2. David prayed that God not let him be ashamed. He needed to be ashamed, regretful, humbled, repentant, conscience stricken, uncomfortable and rattled. If God didnít allow him to feel these things he would have committed the crime again and again. Had not God allowed him to go through the shame he would have gotten besides himself. He would have never have known that he was running out of Godís grace and mercy because of his unrighteous acts. He wanted God to remember all the good he had done but God wanted him for that very fact to remember that one wrong that he did it not again.

3. David knew the favor he once had with God was gone because what he had been anointed to do was no longer effective. He could not win the battles he fought, where he always was a winner. We cannot win with God when sin is present known or unknown. Man looks on the outward appearance but God looks in the heart and see our transgressions. He sees our iniquities that are hidden and we think no one knows about. Always be truthful and repentant in our hearts that we stay pure and undefiled before God.

4. He asked God to show him his ways and to teach him his paths. David knew Godís path of righteousness. He knew adultery and murder was wrong; he needed to obey Godís Commandments. This was his way of repentance but it was not pure, mixed with truth in his heart for he was not genuinely godly sorry. His mind was diluted with filth and body was not clean; for he had blood on his hands that blemished his life and contaminated everything he touched, though he didnít realize it. He just wanted to feel God in his soul again as he had once felt. It takes a lot of work to get back where we once were in Christ when we fall away in iniquity. To them that know to do good and does it not it is sin. What we donít realize is our actions affect everyone we love. We are carrying a whole nation of souls in us that we are to reach and we canít reach them if we donít sell out to God wholeheartedly. We must be those spirit filled, spirit controlled, and spirit led people that God has called us to be; holy, sanctified, righteous, and self-sacrificing. We have to humble ourselves under the power of God and allow Him to be God in our lives. David knew he lacked the leading of the Spirit of God in his life at this point; just didnít know why. Well we know!

5. Lead me in thy truth; David knew he wasnít being truthful with God concerning his acts and actions. Do we really want God to reveal the truth of us to us? Teach me; David needed to be taught, the Spirit wasnít moving with him as before; God has nothing to do with sin. We must do things right. God is the God of our salvation, the underlying though of salvation is deliverance from evil, oppression of any kind, and safety from danger and ultimately, welfare, peace, and happiness. Salvation is a spiritual work and we can only walk out our salvation spiritually. We can only be spiritual when we obey and keep Godís Commandments and do all things required for the upkeep of our soul. Sin is the greatest evil in scriptural view. Spiritual unrest, an accusing conscience, fear of death, diseases, misfortunes, destruction of life and eternal perdition flows from this evil. David waited to hear from God but he wasnít ready to hear what God would tell him at this time. David probably would in the state of mind he was in committed suicide.

6. David wanted God to remember the good he had done. We must remember that we have to go all the way with God. Good is not good enough, almost is not good enough. We have to live the Gospel as God has outlined in his Word and the message preached and taught by his Son, Jesus. The Holy Ghost is moved by the Word of God. God is moved by our faith and willingness to obey his Word. Christ is moved to make intercession for us when we come to him right. We canít make it to heaven off of old goodness. We can only be blessed and have peace and sweet rest when we leave our all with God.

David was beloved of God, anointed by Samuel to succeed Saul as King but he wasnít above sin. We are Godís people and He loves us but we are not above sin. Every day we strive to keep that righteous path put before us to walk. Walking toward God is like walking on a tightrope; you canít look to the left or the right for you might fall. You have to keep your eyes on the Lord; the prize of righteousness, the promise of eternal life. He is our salvation, itís all about Him. Everything we do in life reflects Him in one way or another.

David had troubles and downfalls; he committed adultery with Bathsheba, Uriahís wife; tried to hide his sin but failed; instructed Joab to put Uriah in the front of the battle so that Uriah was killed; David married Bathsheba to the displeasure of the Lord and he was rebuked, convicted, and punished for his sins. His son Absalom conspired against him, his own son plotted to kill him and take his throne. His son Amnon raped his sister Tamar and was put to death by his brother Absalom. Absalom was killed in his own trickery and David lamented at his death.

Davidís plan to build God a house was not ruined but delayed because of the fact that he was a man of war. David was warned by Nathan the prophet that this duty would devolve upon his son Solomon. How many of us have aborted Godís purpose for our lives? How many times have we denounced God by doing what comes natural, or what others say or think that is outside of the will of God? How many times have we thrown away the blueprint for our lives because we didnít understand? How many times have people misunderstood us and our stand for God? Everything that happens in our lives is not for us but others; someone else God wants to bless?

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