Today From Psalms
The Beatitudes of Matthew 5-7 are filled with instructions for daily life as well as words of comfort and promise. As I read Psalm 37, I see similar words of instruction, promise and comfort. One could spend hours meditating on these great thoughts. Because of this we will narrow our attention to verses 23-24.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.”
God has determined the steps of a “good man.” First, God has given general instruction as to how we are to live and behave our self during our sojourn here on earth. The first eight verses are filled with such instruction. We are not to “fret” over that which is beyond our control. To use an everyday phrase; “we are not to get bent out of shape.” Instead of getting “bent out” over what we see in the world we are to Trust in the Lord… Delight thyself also in the Lord…Commit thy way unto the Lord… Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. As I write this and consider how this should apply to you individually, I am grateful that I do not have to try and make the application for you. The Holy Spirit of God has been given to take the written Word of God and apply it to our hearts in a personal way. I am confident that if you stop for a moment and mediate on these phrases God will speak to you in a secret and particular way. Secondly, God has ordered the steps of each believer individually. What a joy to know that the God of the universe has designed my life. Submitting to both of these concepts, I find delight in His way. The struggles we face and the lack of joy we experience come from not committing our way unto the Lord. (Verse 5) It is frustrating for us to try and go against the “way” God has planned. This frustration obviously keeps us from experiencing genuine joy.
The promise of verse 24 gives me a sense of peacefulness that I cannot fully describe. “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.” Yes, I have stumbled and fallen at times. Yes, because of the weakness of the flesh, I might fall again, but I will never “be utterly cast down.” I will not be thrown to the side and forsaken. Why? “For the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.”
Joy is found in following God’s prescribed way for my life. Joy abounding is mine because the Lord takes hold of me at all times.