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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Donegal Creek 5/15/17
A scene along Donegal Creek on yesterday's walk.

"Direct My Footsteps"

Message summary: Today may the Lord God help each of us to consider our ways and direct our steps according to His Word. Let us be careful not to get ahead nor fall behind but walk in step with Him! Let us walk in obedience to His commands.

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"Direct my footsteps according to Your word; let no sin rule over me" (Psalm 119:133). "The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him" (Psalm 37:23). "The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps" (Proverbs 16:9).

Order my steps in Your word, dear Lord
Lead me, guide me everyday
Send your anointing Father, I pray
Order my steps in Your word
Please order my steps in Your word

Yesterday after supper we walked on the trail across from our house that leads to Donegal Creek where there are many signs of new life. A good walk brightens our outlook, gives us opportunity to talk together, increases our appreciation for God's creation, and certainly is a great health advantage.

Brooksyne wears a small pedometer that pretty accurately keeps track of her steps. My phone has an app that tells me how many steps I walk each day (as long as I have my phone with me). It has a gps that shows where I have walked with an amazing degree of precision including little diversions.

This brings to mind an even more vital need in regard to our steps as expressed in the daily text by the Psalmist. I want my steps to be ordered by the Lord and to be based on the truths, principles, and spirit of God's Word. Other versions translate the phrase, "Establish my footsteps in Your word" (NASV) and "Order my steps in thy word" (KJV).

The Bible often uses the example of walking to describe how we are to live out our Christian life in step with God. The very first use of the word in a spiritual sense is in regard to Enoch who "walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away." Enoch's great grandson, Noah, was "a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God."

A wonderful reassuring promise we can lean upon is from Leviticus 26:12: "I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be My people." In Moses' final message to the children of Israel he often uses this same theme: "Walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess" (Deuteronomy 5:33).

We are blessed with an abundance of references all through the Bible related to this theme; far too many for this short message, but certainly worthy of study. The final Bible writer, John, uses this walking theme often in his letters. "But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).

"Order my steps in Thy word." Certainly one aspect in the personal application of the brief but power packed daily verse is having a submissive heart to learn more about God and to obey His Word. Surely we cannot merely pray this portion without have a growing knowledge of the Word and a determination to obey. Earlier in this very Psalm we read, "I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes" (Psalm 119:59).

May the Lord God help each of us to consider our ways and ask Him to direct our steps according to His Word. Let us be careful not to get ahead nor fall behind but walk in step with Him! Let us walk in obedience to His commands.

I want to walk worthy
According to Thy will
Please order my steps Lord
And I'll do Your blessed will
The world is ever changing
But You are still the same;
Please order my steps, Lord I'll praise Your name

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, because I love Your commands more than worldly pleasures or temporal possessions I despise the paths that lead me astray like a lost sheep. You have gone before me and cleared the way so that I might follow in Your steps and the steps of other righteous, godly saints.  I am comforted in knowing that I don't walk alone, but I walk hand in hand with You as my Guide. Through eyes of faith I see a great cloud of witnesses, those spoken of in the Bible and those I've known in my lifetime, who've already finished the race cheering me on as I persevere on this path of righteousness. May I willingly endure hardship as it disciplines my commitment to walking in Your ways. I want to wholeheartedly seek You above everything else, for You are a Rewarder of those who diligently seek You. Amen.

Ducks on Donegal Creek 5/15/17
Ducks on Donegal Creek

Today's Suggested Music and
Supplemental Resources

"Direct My Footsteps" (Psalms 119:132-133,135 &165-166)
  Video  Scripture Memory Songs  I was so blessed by this series back in the nineties which set Scripture verses to music.

"Order My Steps In Your Word"
  Video  Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

"Never Walk Alone"  Video  
Brian Free & Assurance

"Step By Step"
  Video  Rich Mullins

"Stepping in the Light"  Video  Homecoming

"Heaven On My Mind"  Video  Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

"I Want To Be That Man"  Video  Brian Free and Assurance  Men especially listen to this song!

Finally today:
Dottie on 16th birthday 5/15/17
Dottie on 16th birthday

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