“Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence.”
—Psalm 27:11-12 ESV
In light of the enemies who surround him, David makes a request of God: “Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path.”
Now, we may not be facing enemies like those of David, who were literally seeking to end his life, but we all face troubles and a very real enemy who “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8 ESV).
Whatever our situation, we would do well to learn from David’s example.
He asked God to teach him his way and to lead him on a level path.
It is good to ask God for protection (David did so both in this Psalm and others), but don’t stop there. Ask God to teach you his way.
One of the best ways to do this is to study the Scriptures and allow them to show you God’s model for an abundant life.
Now, God’s way may lead us through the “valley of the shadow of death” (see Psalm 23:4), but we can be sure of this: his path is always the safest place to be.
Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:
Breathe in: God,
Breathe out: Teach me your way.