Biblical Nitro Pills, Part 4
Presented by Pastor Melissa Scott.
#4 The Steps Of A Good Man Are Ordered Of The Lord
I'm going to jump to verse 23 and verse 24, because that's where I want to camp out: "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD." Literally, the steps of "a man." And there's a difference between this man and the other two times it's mentioned in this Psalm. The word man being used here in verse 23 is the Hebrew word, gabor. A little bit different than the word being used in two other instances, which is (I'll write it phonetically) ishi. Ishi has more of a weak tone to it. This "man" of verse 23 is not a mighty man, but he's not a weak man. And when I use "man" it's generic, it's a generic term. We use it as a man, woman (whomever you are) walking in the Lord. It says, the steps of a man -- that particular man gabor -- are established, are made firm by the Lord. And He delighteth in his ways.
Remember back in verse 4, when it said, "Delight thyself also in the LORD," it's this same concept, "and He delighteth in His ways." The Lord delighteth -- not in me in my ways. The Lord delighteth to see me rather going in His way. And I want to talk about this particular man or woman because it is the same man or woman at the very beginning when David says, "fret not, fret not, fret not." God's going to see you through if you'll just "put it on Him." If you'll just commit it to Him. The greatest encouragement and equipping for any saint of God: Commit your way, commit your problems. Well, you might say, "My problems could not qualify to have my steps to be ordered." Not so. Do you ever have people say to you, "Boy, you must be out of God's will to have all these problems, trials, tribulations, and calamities. You must be out of God's will to have this happening to you!" Tell them to go back and read the Bible. Tell them to go back and look at Job. Was Job out of God's will?
This particular man, "Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down." And this is something I want to highlight, because if you are in the fretting mode and feeling consumed by your circumstance, God is still ordering your way. He is establishing and making firm your footsteps. It means there is a possibility while you're in God's program, and on God's path, you may fall. In fact I wish I could just retract the word "may" and just say you "will" fall, because we're all born in Adam. We're born that way and because of what Adam did we are perpetual fallers. But, "He shall not be utterly cast down." Many of you have read the passage, "A bruised reed shall He not break," and I look at that and say God cares for His creation. It matters to Him. Why are these instructions given to us? Because He knows the lot of those that are going to press in and follow after His program, tempted, tried, bruised, almost broken. This is meant for encouragement for anyone going this direction.
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