Please take a few minutes to read Psalm 5. Notice the contrasts between the paths of the world and God’s path.
Let’s list the ways (paths) of the world:
Now let’s list what’s found along God’s path for life:
- Unfailing love
- Clear directions
The best path to take seems clear, doesn’t it? BUT, if the world flatters and lies and deceives, how can we always know the right path to take? Satan may have horrible “gifts,” but he certainly has terrific gift wrapping!
How does one gain access to the right path?
“In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare [a prayer, a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart].” (v. 3)
Starting your day with prayer gives access to God’s guidance and direction. Gaining access to His path for life involves taking time to present yourself – needs, sins, wants – to Him, and then taking time to wait and listen for Him to answer.
So often, we miss God’s guidance because we don’t take time to ask. Sometimes we miss it because we don’t take time to listen for His answers after we do ask.
A regular habit of morning prayer sets your day and your life up to follow the path that doesn’t have a destructive chasm (v. 9) but that instead has a straight, right and level path to follow (v. 8).