Each of our weekly ‘walks’ (which is why I chose the pathway photo above) will be reviewing 4 or 5 verses at a time (maybe more, maybe less), asking questions, defining words, and shining light on some of the gems I’ve discovered.
1) I just found my father-in-law’s pocket Bible and I’m pretty stoked about that. He died two years ago at the age of 96 and we are still going through all of his things.
2) When I first became a believer I read the King James ’cause I was an English Major and I loved Shakespeare.
3) (oops!) I learned these verses as a song in the King James.
The word in the original is ‘ordered’ and it is the Hebrew word ‘kuwn’ (koon). It is a primary root “to be erect, to stand perpendicular, hence, causing to set up to establish, fix, prepare. Or, figuratively, to render sure, proper or prosperous.”
It is a strong word. Don’t you love it? “to render sure, proper or prosperous.” What a powerful promise!
(Father I want to dwell where you are)
(There’s that inheritance promise again…)
for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.”
I felt like that today…I was walking across the playground at recess, eyes ahead on some kids making mischief, not paying attention to where I was going. Squiiiiiish, slide, oops! My Skechers were a mess–I neglected to see the mud that had settled in the cracked asphalt and it almost did me in.
By God’s grace I recovered and did not fall headlong, tho’ I could have easily. (I have weak ankles….I’ve fallen before. Actually, I’ve crashed before–slam, bang, cut lip, crash–roller skating, but that’s another story.)
The Holy Spirit showed me why I was able to keep my balance and not fall even tho’ I easily could have–because I was in shape. I’ve been pretty regular about walking, stretching and exercising 2-3 times a week since Christmas break. Maybe I’m more agile on my feet–ahhh, stronger, more easily flexed muscles. More quick to recover.
I saw spiritual parallel there–when I’ve had a spiritual fall–and it’s always with my mouth (more about that in a minute), speaking out of turn, losing my temper, spewing words in anger, I fall and fail miserably.
I’m so grateful to God for picking me up every time (after I repent and we talk it over. Again. And again.)
When I think about those kinds of circumstances, they’ve always resulted from me being ‘out of shape’ spiritually–walking in my flesh, trying to be important, get my own way…whatever. I’ve neglected to feed on the Word, spend time in prayer, running on my own steam. Spiritually flabby. A high risk hazard.
BUT GOD…..(don’t you love those ‘but Gods’?)
- Psalm 145:14,15
- Proverbs 24:16a, 3:23 and 10:9
- Micah 7:7 & 8