Stepping in the correct places (Psalm 37)

23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
    when he delights in his way;
24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
    for the Lord upholds his hand. Psalm 37:23-24

Here in Malawi it is crucial that a person step in the correct places because there are many places where it would not be good to step.  For example, the ant hills are gigantic and it could be the end if you stepped into such a place.

Have you every found yourself in a place where you asked yourself, “why did I step here?”  Have you ever cried out to God, “Why here?”

This morning our reading finds us with David in Psalm 37.  David seems to have stepped into a world where the wicked are prospering and the righteous are not. Here David begins to write under the Holy Spirit’s inspiration. As He writes we discover some of the most insightful wisdom for the steps we should be taking in life:

God says:

  • Trust me and walk where I want you to walk, Isa. 26:4; Prov. 3:5-6.
  • Dwell and do good.  We are called to seek God’s Kingdom first, Matt. 6:33.
  • Befriend faithfulness.  I Peter 1:13 “Be holy as He is holy.”
  • Delight to walk in His steps.  I Timothy 1:15-16 “Be his example before others.”
  • Commit you way into His safe-keeping, II Timothy 1:12.
  • Be still in His presence, Psalm 46:10.
  • Refrain from evil.  Gal. 6:1-10

The wicked live in such a different way.  But do not follow their path, Vs: 9-21.

You and I are called to step in a different way.  This is so amazing to me.  God orders our steps and His steps are good (James 1:16-17). His steps are solid (Matt. 7:23-27).  His steps are filled with mercy and forgiveness (Prov. 24:16).  His steps lead to heaven (Phil. 1:6)

As I look back over my life, I realize my steps have led me to Africa and I am so thankful for all God has done in carrying me this far. I could never praise Jesus enough for His steps.  This day our team steps before pastors from two nations to teach them how to walk in His steps.

Please pray that we honor God and we honor Brother Ovi’s kingdom work!  This day we need His steps to our every breath and our every statement.

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