Ordered By The Lord Ps. 37:23 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
Ps 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” If you are a good man your steps are ordered by the Lord. There are myriad thoughts that flood into your mind when you consider the truth of this verse.
First, you aren’t good unless you are saved – Rom 3:12; Gal 5:22; Tit 1:8 – our goodness is a product of our salvation whereby we are given the righteousness of Jesus Christ and the fruit of the Spirit.
Second, when you are good, the Lord orders your steps – Prov 20:24; Prov 16:9 – he knows what ‘s best for you even if you don’t think he does – consider Joseph – he was a good man but he spent 13 years in slavery and in prison as an innocent man and he testified to his brothers when he revealed himself to them that God sent him before his brothers to save much people alive – look what Job went through and yet he never charged God foolishly – and in the end where Job’s steps took him was far better than where he would have gone had the Lord not been leading him – you have to trust him [Prov 3:5-6].
Third, when you are good and God orders your steps you delight in his way – Ps 37:3-5 – somehow it is hard for people to believe that the Lord loves them enough to be interested in their daily lives and to order their steps [one by one] – but he does want to guide you [Jn 16:13; Rom 8:14; Jn 8:29] – he knows best and when you follow him you will desire his way and delight in his way – it may be a little rough on you at first but you will truly learn to love his way.
Fourth, once you are saved, you have God’s goodness, but you may not be good – 2 Cor 5:10; Col 3:24-25 – there are too many Christians today who are not following the Lord – they are following their own lusts and you can’t charge God with leading you in that way or agreeing with you in that way.
Fifth, even when you aren’t good, God still tries to order your steps back to him – Rom 2:4 – he’s like your GPS when you have taken a wrong turn – he keeps giving you alternate routes to get you back on the right track.
Conclusion: Where are you today? Are you lost? Then get saved and let God order your steps. Are you saved and good? Then trust that God is ordering your steps even if you are in a storm. Are you saved and not good? Then listen to the Lord’s words in this sermon and get back on track. I know for a fact that you will delight more in his way than you ever did in your own.