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Hell’s Highway or the Path to Peace?

David was a shepherd-singer who became a warrior king. He had big successes (uniting Israel, defeating dangerous enemies, and establishing Jerusalem as the capital) and big failures (adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband). How did this larger-than-life man choose what pursuits in life were worthy of his efforts? To what authority and direction was such an influential and powerful man willing to subject himself?

Psalm 25 was written by King David. It begins with the words, “Lord, I appeal to you. My God I trust in you” (CSB). David knew where to go for answers, for help, and for encouragement. David knew where to go for direction in life. He went to the Lord.

In Psalm 25 verse 4, David writes, “Make your ways known to me, Lord; teach me your paths.” He asks God to make his ways known. In other words, David wants to know what lifestyle choices are pleasing to God and will be blessed by God.

David implores God to make known his ways, to teach his paths. David knows that we do not naturally know or understand the ways of God. This broken world is filled with darkness and deception. Our own hearts are confused by sin and they often lead us astray. God must reveal his ways to us. We cannot find them on our own. God must teach us his paths. We cannot understand them without his instruction.

The Bible often contrasts the ways of the Lord with the ways of the wicked and foolish. In this world, we are tempted to turn away from God’s ways and follow selfish desires, popular opinion, peer pressure, or one of many other destructive pathways. The first step toward God’s blessings is to turn away from the world’s empty promises.

“Teach me your paths,” David writes. God’s ways are like paths. We must walk in them. We must decide to follow the direction of the path, trusting it will lead us to the right place. God’s paths always lead us to him and to his blessings.

The other pathways in life lead to destruction. Yes, they may offer pleasure or excitement for a short time, they may be popular, they may even be easier, but they always end in disaster. They don’t lead to God. They pull us away from God.

David asks to know God’s ways, not for God to bless his ways. David is choosing God’s ways over his own ways, knowing that he is a sinner, knowing that he is prone to wander away from God, not toward him.

Heaven’s blessings don’t come to those who walk on hell’s highway. We cannot pursue the lies of sin and expect the joys that come from God. The peace of God comes to those who walk the paths of God.

When we follow the Lord’s paths, he promises to walk with us and strengthen us along the way. He promises to be by our side and correct us if we begin to stray.

Jesus pictures this truth with memorable words. He says, “Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

In another place, Jesus says that he is the Gate. He also says, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). In fact, in the New Testament, following Jesus is called The Way! Jesus is the way that pleases God. He is the way that leads to God and to his eternal blessings. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He is the way to peace with God.

Seek the Lord’s way and walk in it!

May God bless us with a desire to walk his pathway,

Brother Richard

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Words Worthy of Our Complete Confidence

The words of the Lord are flawless. King David rejoiced over this great truth as he led God’s people in worship some 3,000 years ago (Psalm 12). Nevertheless, he was deeply concerned because his generation was full of empty talk, smooth talk, and double talk. Arrogant men were confident in their own words, their own ideas. They rejected God’s authority.

This old world hasn’t changed much. If David could spend a few days with us in the 21st century he would certainly be surprised by the cars, computers, cell phones, space stations, and other advances in technology. But he would soon realize that humanity is still fighting over the same vital question: Who is Lord? Where can we find the words of Truth?

Like David’s generation, our world is full of empty talk, smooth talk, and double talk. And like David’s generation, those who put their confidence in man’s talk are determined to silence the voice of God. But God spoke in David’s day and he continues to speak now. God will never be silenced. Jesus promised that his words will never pass away (Matthew 24:35).

When God speaks, his words are like precious metal refined to perfection. The Lord’s promises are of the utmost value because God is faithful and he will fulfill every promise he makes. David found confidence in God’s words, despite the foolish talk all around him. We can find confidence in God’s perfect words, too, no matter how dark and deceptive the talk gets in our generation.

God’s perfect Word does more than give us confidence; God’s promises give us a sure footing in life. As he finished his teaching one day, Jesus assured his followers that anyone who builds their life on his words, on his promises, is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rains came down, the waters came up, and the winds came through, but the house stood firm because it was built on the rock (Matthew 7:24-27).

Our confidence is well-placed in the perfect Word of God and our foundation is sure because it is none other than the Living Word of God: Jesus Christ. As a result, we can joyously affirm and celebrate God’s Word in our public worship and we can learn and apply God’s Word in our daily lives, seeing his promises fulfilled now.

Let’s thank the Lord for the power of his Word and let’s continue our commitment to the Lord’s Truth as we prepare our hearts to serve the Lord who has spoken to us. What great things will God do today?

Thank you for your faithfulness, and may God’s Word always be a lamp unto your feet,

Brother Richard

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