“I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.”
David was a man after God’s own heart, and therefore had a humble opinion of himself. He knew that his worth did not depend on his own abilities or riches, for he sought the Lord’s help in all that he did.
“But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.”
God chooses to use those that seem the most unlikely to be used in our eyes.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.”
This is because God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are higher than our ways. We tend to look on the outside, while God looks at the heart of those who can best be used of Him.
1 Samuel 16:
“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
Our regard for the Word of God determines our worth in the sight of God.
“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must have a view of ourselves based upon the Word of God.
2 Samuel 5-6 | 1 Corinthians 8 | Psalm 110
“Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.”
In order for something to be considered pure, it must first be tried and refined. It is the object’s withstanding of the fire that enables it to be referred to as pure. The Word of God has been tried, refined, and purified by the fiery trials that have been thrown against It.
“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”
The Scriptures withstand any persecution, because God’s Word endureth forever. The Word becomes our Shield against the wiles of the devil and enables us to stand and trust Him.
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”
Our love for the Word of God is evidence of our love for the God of the Word. Prioritize the Word of God in your life today. May we allow the Scriptures to purify and cleanse our hearts. Draw nigh to God through His Word today.
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must make the Pure Words of God to be a priority in our lives.
2 Samuel 3-4 | 1 Corinthians 7 | Psalm 109
“My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.”
When was the last time we had such a fervor for the things of God that it consumed us to our core? Many today have become complacent and content to just be an average Christian. God doesn't want us to settle for average, because He is able to do the impossible in us and through us, if only we are willing to yield to Him.
A Zeal Against Sin
The worse we see others becoming, the more we should be encouraged to do right. May we have a zeal to stand against any wicked way.
A Zeal for the Saviour
We are not to compare ourselves to the conduct or convictions of others, but rather to the One Who lived, died and rose again for us. May we display a zeal to live like Jesus.
A Zeal for the Scriptures
In order to be like our Saviour, we must have a passion to know His Word. The Scriptures reveal to us Who Jesus is. May we decide to not only know the Word, but to apply Its principles to our lives.
Our zeal must be grounded within the Truth of the Word of God.
“Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must renew our zeal for the things of God.
2 Samuel 1-2 | 1 Corinthians 6 | Psalm 108
“Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.”
Every Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is made manifest within in the pages of the Word of God, because He is Faithful.
“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.”
We are able to glorify and praise the Lord Jesus Christ because we learn through the Scriptures of His faithfulness.
“O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.”
The wonderful things He has done are pinned throughout the pages of our Bibles, waiting for us to learn more of Him and His faithfulness.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
God have us the Scriptures so that we could be instructed in His Righteousness, because He is Faithful. In the very last chapter of Revelation, we see yet another reminder that His Faithfulness is shown within the Word of God.
“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must remember the Faithfulness of God.
1 Samuel 30-31 | 1 Corinthians 5 | Psalm 107
“Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.”
The Righteousness of God is synonymous with His Justice, His Holiness, and His Goodness.
He is Righteous because He is Just.
He is Righteous because He is Holy.
He is Righteous because He is Good.
He is Righteous in ALL His Ways.
“The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.”
He is Righteous in ALL His Works.
“He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”
His is Righteous in ALL His Word.
“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”
The Righteousness of God is imparted to us through our faith in Jesus Christ.
“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must remember the Righteousness of God.
1 Samuel 28-29 | 1 Corinthians 4 | Psalm 106
“Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.”
Where are our tears for the lost? We must cry out to the Lord for those that do not know Him. When we weep over the souls of men as we sow the Seed of the Word of God, He promises that we shall one day reap in joy.
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
We must weep for them before they weep for all eternity.
“But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
When was the last time you wept for someone’s soul? Our desire to see others come to know the Lord should be evident in our daily walk for Him.
“Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must ask Him to renew our burden for the lost.
1 Samuel 26-27 | 1 Corinthians 3 | Psalm 105
“Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.”
The Lord is willing to shine His Light upon our lives, if only we will ask Him to do so.
“Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth. Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.”
The Apostle Paul saw the Light of the Lord on the road to Damascus about noon. The brightest point of the day, and His Light shined brighter than the sun in the sky, so much so that Paul could not see. What if the glory of the Lord shined so brightly around us that others could not see anything but Him?
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
The day is soon coming when we too shall look upon the face of our Saviour. His face shines so bright in our heavenly home that there is no need for light from the sun. The Son of God shall be the Light for all eternity.
“And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”
Before we see His face, we have a commission to fulfill that we cannot do on our own. We can only shine for Him as He shines in us through His Word.
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must ask Him to shine forth His Light on us through His Word.
1 Samuel 24-25 | 1 Corinthians 2 | Psalm 104
“Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.”
Before we can be delivered from the oppression of those around us, we must first purge ourselves from the sin within us.
2 Timothy 2:19-21
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.”
Sin causes our vessel of service to be dishonorable to our Saviour. No amount of oppression that others may throw at us is worth allowing our relationship with Him to be damaged.
“That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.”
Deliverance from the oppression of others gives us opportunity to give God praise for our freedom. His Word reminds us time and time again that deliverance is available to us, if only we will seek His help by coming to Him through His Word.
“In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word. In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must seek His deliverance in times of oppression.
1 Samuel 22-23 | 1 Corinthians 1 | Psalm 103
“Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.”
We are more susceptible to giving in to the temptation we face when we neglect to spend time in the Scriptures. If we have sin in our lives, it creates a barrier between God and ourselves.
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
God promises to order, or establish, our steps as we delight in Him. We cannot take a single step in the right way without His direction.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”
The Lord can only truly order our steps as we submit ourselves to seeking God’s will through His Word.
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
As He guides us by His Word, He exchanges our failures for His mercy and grace.
“He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.”
Each step that we take by faith is an opportunity to give Him glory. Our pits can turn to palaces as we seek His direction.
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must allow each step of faith we take to be established by Him.
1 Samuel 20-21 | Romans 16 | Psalm 102
“Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.”
The Lord’s deliverance and mercy is only a prayer away for those that love Him. In times of discouragement and distress, we must first remind ourselves what God has done for us and renew our love for Him.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Reason for Our Love For Him
1 John 4:19
“We love him, because he first loved us.”
The Rejoicing Of Our Love For Him
“But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.”
The Results of Our Love For Him
“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”
Our love for God, His Name and His Word must be shown in our daily walk with Him and for Him.
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must renew our love for Him, His Name, and His Word.
1 Samuel 18-19 | Romans 15 | Psalm 101
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