East Martin CRC
Verse 3 He will not let your foot slip— He who watches over you will not slumber;
Having righted our thinking about giving everything to God as a way of worship, because it shows we know He alone can handle it, we look to other reasons He is worthy of our worship and devotion.
The terrain in Israel is rockier than the typical American soil. The roads of the psalmist's day were not paved nor grated to a smooth, perfect surface. While they had commonly traveled paths, there were dangers along the way. The rocky foundation would have brought about various hazards including being slippery if wet or dusty. With many Jewish people making these treks at the same time, the pathways would have had the added danger of crowds walking together, which could lead to bumping into one another or having a child push by.
Singing as they walked would have been a blessing as they remembered God's protection for their journey. But the psalmist wasn't just talking about the physical journey. This is an important thing to remember in our spiritual journey too.
There are so many ways that we can slip on the spiritual journey. Whether it is temptations, discouragement, exhaustion or other such things we must remember that if we are holding tight to God, He will keep us from slipping. This of course doesn't mean that we will never face trials or have struggles in our walk, it just means we have God beside us willing and wanting to help us every step of the way.
When we are traveling this journey of the Christian life we need to remember to keep our focus on Christ and understand that living in close communion with Him puts us in good proximity to have Him help us in things that arise in life.
Making It Personal
How have you seen Him keep you from slipping in life? What did that experience do for your relationship with Him? Is there somewhere in your life where you have loose footing and need to seek God?
Making It Personal Kids
Does holding someone's hand keep you from falling when walking on ice? Does knowing Jesus wants to hold you up in life help you feel safer in life? Do you thank Him for helping you?
Father, thank You for being our helper and protector. We trust You to help us know the right way to go and to see the obstacles along the way. Help us look to You for all we need to walk the straight and narrow. In Jesus' name, Amen.