To be a follower of Jesus is to be a student. That is what a disciple is, a learner who follows a teacher in order to become like that teacher. A disciple of Jesus must be a student of Jesus, of His Word, and of the things of God. These few verses from Psalm 15 emphasize that very point.
4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
There was a time when the average Christian was a student of theology and the Bible and took seriously the need to know the things of God. Hard questions were wrestled with and discussed among friends. Books of theology were read and debated. Scriptures was memorized and even the original Hebrew and Greek were not foreign to many students of the scriptures. Somewhere along the road that changes. It became fashionable to denigrate learning and theology. Head knowledge became a target of derision. It was heart knowledge that was important. But this is a false dichotomy. Certainly there are those who have a great knowledge of the facts of things and no heart connection to God. But the answer is not to ignore the facts of things or to ignore learning in the mind. It has been said that it is possible to have lots of head knowledge that never reaches the heart, but it never reaches the heart without first going through the head.
In this Psalm the author is calling on God to teach him. He wants to know the truth. He wants to know the information regarding who God is and what God has done. Why? Because God is the author of salvation. But that writer of this Psalm is concerned with more than just the information. The writer also has a heart that longs for God. “I wait for you all day long”. There is both a heart knowledge and a head knowledge and there is a desire for both to grow.
2 Peter 3:18 says we are to grow in the grace AND knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. There is no loving God from the heart without some head knowledge of who God is. I cannot love that which I do not know.
Teach me Lord. Teach me your ways. Teach me who you are. May I be a student who follows after Jesus and learns more deeply who you are and in the journey become more like you.