by Stephen F. Olford
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Ps. 37:23-read verses 23-24).
Thought: It has often been pointed out that Psalm 37 is a perfect exposition of the third beatitude: “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:5). It describes the God-walk. Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Paul walked with God; and this is a call for purity of heart. In the language of the psalmist, we have in our two texts (vv. 23&24) four thoughts that should motivate our daily walk with God:
1. God Initiates Our Steps: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” The Hebrew expression “from the Lord,” is emphatic. If we are going to walk with our God, He must choose the path and set the pace! Remember the quotation in Amos 3:3: “Can two walk together unless they be agreed?”
2. God Appreciates Our Strides: “He delights in his way” (v. 23). Literally He “watches” every step or stride. How important it is to “walk in the light as He is in the light” (1 John 1:7). Only then can we know unbroken fellowship and constant cleansing. John the apostle could write, “I greatly rejoice that I found some of your children walking in truth” (2 John 4). This “continual walking,” as the verse implies, always brings delight to the Savior’s heart.
3. God Anticipates the Slips: “Though he falls…the Lord upholds him with His hand” (v. 4). The phrase “the Lord upholds” is identical with the word used in verse 17: “The arms of the wicked they shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.” No one can pluck us out of the Shepherd’s hand or the Father’s hand (cf. John 10:28-30). All that God calls for in your daily walk with Him is trust and obedience.
When we walk with the Lord, in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
John H. Sammis (1846-1919)<![if !supportEmptyParas]> <![endif]>