Footsteps in His PathBy: Joseph H. Murray
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way” (Ps. 37:23).
“He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber” (Ps. 121:3).
“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps” (Prov. 16:9).
“O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23).
“Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not” (Ps. 17:5).
“He will keep the feet of His saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail” (1Sam. 2:9).
“For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet” (Ps. 91:11–13).
Footsteps ordered by the Lord are to be made in His path if we are to gain our determined goal. It is recorded in Job 28:7–8, “There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen: The lion’s whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.”
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life,” said King David under the inspiration of the Spirit of the Lord in Psalm 16:11. David again entreats the Lord in these words: “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies” (Ps. 27:11).
We never know where or how far into the unknown the path of the Lord will lead us. We may have to walk through many dark valleys if we follow His path, for the children of Israel never knew, when they started following Moses, that His path would lead through the dry beds of the Jordan River. The psalmist said in reference to this, “Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known. Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron” (Ps. 77:19–20).
If we are not sure we are in the right path and are stumbling in our own way of confusion, we are without excuse, for we have the Bible as an illumination of the right way. David said, “Thy word is a light unto my path,” and by this he had witness that he was walking God’s way. The Scripture tells us, “if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1John 1:7). When we are walking in the light, we have fellowship with all other saints who are walking in the light and are free from all sin. And by this we can know, as David did, that the word is lighting our path.