Our Steps Are Ordered by The Lord

During his days as guest lecturer at Calvin Seminary, R. B. Kuiper once used the following illustration of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility: “I liken them to two ropes going through two holes in the ceiling and over a pulley above. If I wish to support myself by th … More

Sovereignty

This hymn of praise explains how the Lord has the power to change things. His authority is limitless. He can reverse the condition of anything and therefore the way of life for anybody. In this passage we see how the Lord has great power over nature (vv. 33-39). He is sovereign and can restrain His blessings should He desire or He can give them in abundance if He so chooses. All around them the Jews could see the harvest of hundreds of years of rebellion and apostasy in the ruined cities and barren fields. This was once a land that flowed with milk and honey. It is a fact of life that wickedness brings judgment and repentance brings blessing. This barrenness and desolation was a payment for generation after generation of life in defiance to the Word of God. Israel had ignored the laws of God and followed in the foolish worship of the pagans.

It makes no difference if we are a prince or a pauper (v. 40). The issue is whether we repentant before God. Though we are poor, if we live righteously and faithfully for God, we shall prosper (vv. 41-43).  It seems that God’s people had to be scourged and scattered before they would listen to Him. The psalmist tells how God diminished and brought the people low. Everything is under God’s rule and authority and if we are wise we will know and understand this (v. 43).

We need to remember that the deliverances we experience comes from the good hand of God. When we are delivered from afflictions and distress, our deliverance has not come by chance. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Psalm 37:23).

Application

No matter what I am facing in my life, I need to remember that God is working out a plan dictated by His loving kindness and His power. He is sovereign and always knows what is best.

Psalms 107:33-43 (English Standard Version)

He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground, a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants. He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. And there he lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in; they sow fields and plant vineyards and get a fruitful yield. By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their livestock diminish. When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, evil, and sorrow, he pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes; but he raises up the needy out of affliction and makes their families like flocks. The upright see it and are glad, and all wickedness shuts its mouth. Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.

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