If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. NIV
I’m still working my way through Psalm 37.
I love these two verses. Together, they make a very powerful word picture for me.
My heavenly father will make my steps firm, He will ensure that I am on the right path, He will empower me to walk with confidence. I don’t have to worry about what is ahead, or whether I might stumble or trip, because He has me in His hand.
As I start this new week, I am claiming this promise today.
Update — Each morning, as I spend time with God, I work through a verse and then contemplate it throughout the day.
For some time now, I have been praying that God would show me His will for my life. Yesterday, our guest speaker led me to Nehemiah, with compelling discussion of developing God’s vision. A woman gave her testimony during our service. She, too, spoke of finding God’s vision for your life. I have been earnestly praying about that.
This morning, as I approached this verse, I confess that I stumbled over the first part of it “If the Lord delights in a man’s way.” Not being a patient person, I just said to myself, well, Christ died for me, I have accepted that gift … God must mean that if He likes me (and I know He does, He LOVES me, He sent His son to die for me) then, the rest of the verse must apply.
But, just now, as I reread the verse in preparation for an important meeting, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the first part of this verse … “If the Lord delights in a man’s WAY, he will make his steps FIRM.” The verse is saying that If I am on the path that God wants me to be on, I will be able to walk with confidence … the reverse must also be true … if I am not on His path, I will not have confidence … but, the rest of the verse says that if I fall off the path of His will, He will uphold me and bring me back on course … as long as I continue to seek His will.
Oh! I am so thankful for this insight. Praise God!