“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” (Psalm 37:23)
What is the best way to do the will of God, to always act in ways that please him, honor him and invite his blessings not only on the big decisions we must make but on the daily details of our life as well?
It is simply to place before the Lord the daily offering of a godly life.
The Contemporary English Version translates our verse this way: “If you do what the Lord wants, he will make certain each step you take is sure.”
Perhaps, like me, you have experienced that life has only gotten more complex as the years go by. It is often very difficult to discern the will of God between better and best. Sometimes there’s a thick gray fuzziness that clouds the path where the road forks in our journey. And since we usually don’t hear the audible voice of God saying, “this is the way, walk ye in it!” or have his visible hand irresistibly steering our every forward movement, we are left wondering, “what am I to do?”
According to the psalmist, we can trust that God himself has been closely attending our journey on the path of righteousness. We have been guaranteed that the Lord has been with us all along the way, and is there now, even in the smallest details of our lives, making sure that our journey will lead to where he pleases.
I have always appreciate how the writer says it in Proverbs 3:5-9,
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over.
What a great formula for Divine guidance: Trust God, listen to his voice, lean in to his wisdom, run to him and run from evil. Then leave the outcome up to him and enjoy the journey!
How comforting to know that the steps of a righteous person are ordered of the Lord! So when you then come to a fork in the road, as Yogi Berra would say, “take it”. If you have been doing your part—praying, obeying, trusting and honoring God, being in fellowship with his people and accountable for your life, studying his Word—God has directed the steps that have led you to where you are now.
Now take the fork, God will have directed that as well.