King David penned Psalm 25. We are not sure when he wrote this psalm. Therefore, we are uncertain about the circumstances of Psalm 25. David speaks of his enemies in verse 2 and verse 19. But David had many enemies and they were a consistent part of his life and leadership. What most intrigues me about this psalm or this prayer from David lies in verses 4 and 5. David the leader asks to be led. There is something profound about that notion.
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 the day long.
The driving points within these two stanzas are “Make me know your ways” and “Lead me in your truth and teach me.” David, the King of Israel, prays to Yahweh to be led. King David longs to know the ways and paths of the Lord. Our ways are regularly out of step with God’s ways. Our ways long for our own glory and control. David asks to know God’s ways and how to walk in them.
David asks to be led by God’s truth. He desires to be taught. David then expresses two reasons for this request. Only God can save David and David is demonstrating his complete dependence upon God. David declares his humble reliance upon God for that which only God can provide. That fuels David’s request for truth–God’s truth.
Humble leaders who rightly feel the burden of their stewardship should echo David’s prayer. We need to be leaders who long to be led. We need to know God’s ways, paths, and truths. Because, as leaders, he is our salvation and we are desperate for him.