Jesus was clear that one of the functions of the Holy Spirit was to be our guide. “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears and he will tell you what is to come.” (John 16:13)
David, who knew the power of the Holy Spirit, already understood the guidance that the Spirit could bring. In verse 10 of this Psalm, David prays that the Spirit of God would guide him on level ground. Why? Because his desire is to do the will of God.
Years earlier, the Israelites were literally guided on level ground by a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire. The parallels between this, and the way the Holy Spirit guides us are hard to ignore – always there, unfailing, easy to see, if we choose to look!
We are not trudging through a desert wilderness today, so where is the Holy Spirit guiding us to? The same place as David – towards the will of God. Jesus makes it clear that he Spirit will guide us into all truth. The Spirit’s path towards all truth is certainly more level and easy to walk than any path we might go down on our own.
As we discover the work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, we see again and again how the Spirit works with the Father to see his purposes fulfilled – in creation, in equipping God’s people for the works God has planned, and now in leading them towards holiness.
Lord God, would you lead me by your Holy Spirit towards your path of holiness so that I might know and do your will, and be guided into all truth.