ODB: "Of Pain & Gain" (16 April, Psalm 32)
Ps 32:8-9 "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. 9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.
God's promise of guidance is fourfold: I will (1) instruct you (2) teach you (3) counsel you (4) watch over you.
Instruction has to do with skills development, which is what we do with our hands. Teaching has to do with facts that are necessary to inform our mind, viz., truths we need for our head. Counseling has to do with heart-attitudes leading to emotional maturity, which is the area of the heart. Watching has to do decision-making process, so that we will always make the right decisions.
God's guidance is complete: it covers development of skills (hands), knowledge (head) and attitudes (heart), including the process of putting all these three areas into making right decisions. When we submit to God in our decision-making process, he will instruct us (skills), teach us (knowledge) and counsel us (heart). However, we are not to be like the horse that is always galloping away and uncontrollable or like the mule that is stubborn and unmovable. The horse is a person who moves too fast and the mule is a person who moves too slow. When we submit ourselves to God's guidance, we watch for His timing -- not too early but definitely never too late!
Father, thank You for Your promise of guidance. Help us be ready to listen to You for instruction, teaching, counsel and guidance. Amen.