4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
6 Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
7 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!
- The psalmist speaks to God the way you might speak to your teacher. What does the psalmist want to learn?
- What qualities of God make the psalmist believe that he should listen to God?
- How does the psalmist compare himself to God? Have you read articles about secularists who say that it is child abuse to tell a child that he is a sinner? How would the psalmist react to such an attitude?
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
- How does the psalmist sum up God’s qualities? How do you believe he views himself? How would you explain his attitude to someone who does not believe that God exists?
9 He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
- What attitude does the psalmist instruct for people who want to learn from God? Why do you think he promotes this attitude? Does he not believe in the basic dignity and value of the human being?
- In what words does the psalmist point the reader back to verse 8 where God is giving instructions? What do you think “steadfast love” is? In what way does God most vividly show us his steadfast love?