We need God to show us the path
You will make known to me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of joy; In your right hand there are pleasures forever— Psalm 16:11 (NASB).
You will show [the path] to me, or I shall never find it. I cannot discern it by the light of my own understanding; I cannot discover it by my own unassisted reason. I gaze around me upon the wonders of creation; but I cannot trace it in the heavens above, nor in the earth beneath. I open the sacred volume, the chart in which it is delineated; but even there I cannot search it out without thy Spirit’s beam: but you will show it to me. You have said, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault” [James 1:5]. You have promised your Spirit, your Holy Spirit, to those who ask of you that great and glorious gift. You have said, “I will guide you with my eye” [Psalm 32:8]. And I bow my knee; I lift up my hands to you; to you I lift up my heart. I ask for wisdom from above; I ask your teaching, your light, your guidance, your Spirit. Show me the path of life; lead me in it; and up hold my goings, that my footsteps do not slip—that path in which your presence is enjoyed; that path which leads to your right hand; the abode of the blessed. Yes—it is to those at his right-hand the King will say, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you before the foundation of the world;” that kingdom, of which your presence is the temple and the glory: “and in your presence is fullness of joy.” Our feeble powers are not now capacitated to sustain the vision; but the beam that falls from your glory, is our hearts’ highest joy; and when we enter into your immediate presence in that kingdom, and know you and love you perfectly, then shall we also know the fullness and the perpetuity of joy, “pleasures for evermore”— then shall we receive the “crown of life.”
The way of life is “Jesus crucified;”
No other way to heaven can be trod;
In him the soul must walk and must abide,
That would attain to glory and to God.
About the author and the source
Dorothy Ann Thrupp (1799–1847) was a hymnwriter and editor. Little is known about her because she deliberately chose anonymity. She is thought to have written the hymn “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us.”
[Dorothy Ann Thrupp.] Second day, thirteenth week in Thoughts for the Day, 1st Series. London: James Nisbet and Co., 1836.