Mission Essentials. Military people are familiar with them. NASA is known for them. And Christians…..Yes, we have some! Check yourself out on these three!
David displays these three in two verses of one Psalm. Psalm 25 opens with a prayer (one of three prayers in the Psalm). In the middle of his prayer, David says, ‘Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths,’ (vs. 4). David was teachable. That is a Mission Essential. David knew his ways, his thoughts, and his abilities were insufficient for God’s work. God confirmed through Isaiah that His ways and His thoughts are above our ways and our thoughts as the heavens are above the earth. We must be teachable.
David wanted to practice what he learned. He wanted God to teach him and he wanted God to lead him. See his words, ‘Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation,’ (vs. 25a). Too many people in the church are willing to learn and not willing to do anything with the knowledge. I call it being educated beyond their obedience.
David was also willing to wait. ‘For You I wait all the day,’ (vs. 5b). David didn’t apply for the job of God Advisor. David didn’t want to run ahead of God. David was content to be patient and wait upon the Lord. Patience in following must be what Isaiah had in mind, ‘Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary, (40:31). Waiting on God is key to overcoming.
Are you teachable? Are you willing to practice what God teaches? Are you patient and willing to wait?
Think about it!
Soli Deo Gloria!