23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand. Psalm 37:23 NKJV
What constitutes a good man or woman?
In God’s eyes, it is one who seeks Him, who cares what God thinks and tries to walk accordingly. It does not mean we will always succeed. In fact, failure is almost assured, as no person is perfect, and we all need daily forgiveness and cleansing from our sins and shortcomings. But we can seek to make progress as we get up each morning to tackle the challenges of the day, following God’s way.
This psalm of David tells us that if we seek to follow Him, God will order our steps. He will lead us towards the good works that He has prepared beforehand for us to do. He will also send us all kinds of people – the fun ones, the interruptions, the angry, the needy – and He wants us to love them. all This is the nature of God, and when we seek to do this, this psalm tells us that He will delight in our ways.
Imagine that – by doing something like loving others, we bring delight to the Creator of the universe.
God will always be by our side. Like a parent teaching a toddler to walk, He will not condemn us when we fall. Rather, He will uphold us with His hand, lifting us up and forgiving us as we turn back to Him. As we turn away from our sin, He equips us to succeed as we journey through our life.
David writes further in Psalm 37:
25 I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread. 26 He is ever merciful and lends and his descendants are blessed. Psalm 37:25-26 NKJV
God nudges us to be generous to others, and in so doing, He delights in being generous to us.
One of the blessings that God gives us as we follow Him is contentment. Satisfaction is a gift, and it brings a peace and serenity that money cannot buy. No human wisdom or power can penetrate our soul to give us the kind of fulfillment that God’s Presence and warm love can. His overwhelming grace and mercy comes to us as we accept and claim the precious sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ in our lives.
As we believe and invite Jesus into our hearts, He bestows us with a righteousness that covers all of our sin and shame. And all the blessings of God flow from there.
May God order each of our steps as we journey today. May they lead us into a life of joy and peace in Him.
Who are some of the more challenging people that God has placed in your life? Who are some of the biggest blessings?
Sometimes, the biggest challenges and the biggest blessings come from one and the same person, depending upon the moment.
For the difficult ones, what has been my role in making the problem worse? Few of us are able to completely withhold negativity when challenged or disrespected.
What can I do to help ease the situation?
Lord, teach us all to love those you have put in our path, both the easy-to-love and the hard-to-love ones. We want to follow Your steps to bring delight to You. Grant us peace, serenity, and contentment as we cling to You today. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.