Knowing The Ways Of The Lord
There is a way that seems right unto man, but it is not necessarily the way of God.
The ways of man appeared clean in his eyes, but the Lord knows the hearts of men and He weighs their spirit.
A man’s way can be perverted by the foolishness of his heart and will lead to ungodliness.
The ways of the ungodly will perish and the Lord will turn the ways of the wicked upside down because they are an abomination to Him.
Keeping the ways of The Lord
For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God. (2 Samuel 22:22)
Before you can you keep the ways of the Lord you must know His ways.
But, is it possible for humans to know the ways of the Lord when His ways are past finding out?
The wisdom and knowledge of God are deep and His judgments are unsearcheable.
But, even so you can know the ways of the Lord when you know His Son.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)
When you become acquainted with the Way – Jesus Christ – you will find out that the ways of the Lord are perfect.
The ways of the Lord are righteousness, holiness and peace.
The ways of the Lord are love, mercy and compassion.
The ways of the Lord are humility, obedience and patience.
The way of the Lord is to do justice and judgment.
Benefits of walking in the ways of the Lord.
2. Long life because the Lord will preserve you.
3. Wisdom and prosperity. Not following the way of the Lord will lead to poverty and foolishness.
4. You will be exalted to inherit the land.
5. The Lord will establish you as a holy people unto Himself. You will inherit your destiny and receive the full blessings of the Lord as recorded in Deuteronomy 28:1-14.
Therefore, I encourage you to:
Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. (Psalms 37:34)
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2: 2-3)
But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Micah 4:1-2)
Prayer to receive and follow the ways of the Lord.
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
12 Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.
13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.
20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.
21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.
23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.
25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
26 I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.
27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.
30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.
31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame.
32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.
39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.
40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.
45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.
48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.
52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.
53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
55 I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.
56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.
57 Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.
58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word. (Psalms 119:5-58)
In Jesus name, amen!
Genesis 18:19; Deuteronomy 8; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalms 1; Psalms 18:30; Psalms 146:9; Proverbs 10:27,29; Proverbs 16:2; Proverbs 19:3; Proverbs 15: 9; Jeremiah 5:4; Romans 11:33-36.P