Show me Your ways, O LORD;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me.
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day. Psa 25:4-5
“Ways” is in Hebrew, Strong’s H1870, derek. It means to tread a path (think of a track that develops into a rut because it becomes so well- used), thus also a way of life that is tread over and over again. The image of the worn track paints the picture for us that the way doesn’t change. The ways of the LORD are constant and eternal.
“Paths” is in Hebrew, Strong’s H734, orach, from the same root as derek. It means the course of living or acting. The picture is of walking a path according to a set pattern, which becomes familiar from habit. The ways and paths of the LORD are in contrast to the ways and paths of men or of the world. It is our nature to walk in the ways and paths of men; we need the LORD to lead us into His truth and teach us what walking in His ways and His paths looks like.
Once again, we see that He is the God of our salvation. Once we enter into salvation, then He begins leading us into His truth and teaching us how to walk in His ways and His paths.