…none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall 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 the day long. Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not 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.
Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. (Psalm 25:3-8, 12 ESV)
The picture at the top of my blog is from the top of Causey Pike, overlooking Keswick in the Northern Lake District. It is Elizabeth’s and my favourite walk and we have walked up there almost every year since our first trip together 30 years ago.
It’s a nice mix of steep and gentle walking, with a rest at the col as the vista over Newlands opens up, which also lets everyone catch up, before a slog and a scramble to the summit.
There is a lovely balance of walking and resting in this Psalm too, or walking while waiting; and of looking back and looking forward.
I observed four things as I read it this morning.
1. Waiting on and waiting for God is normal Christian experience
2. No one who waits for God will be put to shame. Resting on God and his salvation is certain
3. While waiting we should remember all God has done, and all that he has saved us from
4. v8 seems to say that as we wait God will show us the way to go, but also that as we walk he will instruct us.
Jesus promises to teach us as we walk with him. Follow in his steps. We take his yoke upon us and LEARN from him
So perhaps it’s like a good walk in the Lakes with a good friend. Having an attitude of waiting and listening and teachability while walking, chatting sometimes, just pushing forward together when its steep, stopping to check the path against the map, catching breath not forgetting to look back to from where you have come and admire the view, and looking up to where we are headed and our ultimate goal of the summit.