Here's an interesting fact: Several roads here have names but most people do not know what they are. They don't give directions by road names. They give directions by area names and then landmarks. If you looked on Google Maps or some form of GPS navigation, several roads would be labelled with names, but it would do you no good to mention those names to the average person or to a taxi driver. The roads for the most part are not labelled. There are few directional road signs on main roads, but even those are a recent addition. So how do we know we are on the right path? Honestly, we get on the wrong road quite often. When using GPS, sometimes it sends us to a road, but when we get there the road may be simply a footpath or even no longer existing. Getting around in this country is an adventure, and I guess that makes me all the more thankful that we have an adventurous nature.
But God doesn't want us to live life that way.
Psalm 17:4-6 "Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech."
There were two things David was counting on to keep him on the right path and away from the paths of the destroyer.
1) God's Word
"... by the word of thy lips..."
"I have called upon thee..."
David didn't depend on himself and his own wisdom to stay off the wrong path. That would be even less reliable than us using GPS here! God's Word gives very clear instructions of how to stay on the right path and away from the path of the destroyer. The problem comes when we try to rely on our spiritual sense of direction. It also comes when we trust bad sources for direction. Another interesting fact: When stopping to ask for directions here, we have to be prepared for wrong directions! In this culture, people want to be helpful insomuch that even if they don't know how to get somewhere, they will give you directions anyway just to be kind to you. They don't want to let you down. They want to give you an answer that will make you happy.
Psalm 1:1-2 "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night."
God warns us not to follow the directions of the ungodly. He tells us to call out to Him to help us navigate these roads in life. We must quit relying on our own understanding or the counsel of ungodly sources, and we must acknowledge His authority and His wisdom.
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
If we truly want to stay on the right path as we navigate through this life, it will show up in how frequently and diligently we get into God's Word and on our knees in prayer.