Psalm 37:23,24 “If the LORD delights in a man’s way,”
[Lord, it is a wonder that you can delight in our ways when we are so prone to sinful, selfish motives, thoughts, words and actions. Praise you that you view us with the perfect and proper balance of love and forgiveness, chastening and grace. Help me to walk in such a way as to give you delight, to be responsive to your leading, your Word, your conviction, your wisdom. Correct me with your staff immediately as I begin to wander. Praise you for the direction you will give.]
“he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.”
[Praise you, Lord, that you are actively, powerfully, wisely at work in my life, smoothing the way, protecting my steps, keeping my spiritual ankles from turning.
In spite of this, I stumble at times, but you are there to catch me and keep me from falling. I praise you for your personal, intimate, gracious, constant involvement in my life. You, Lord, are the One I can trust, the One I can rest in, the One I can praise at every happening, whether it is pleasant or painful.
You are the Sovereign One, wise, good and firm, always doing what is best, right and gracious. Help me to walk with you today, Lord, to move forward in your protection, in your love, in your preparation. Help me not to run out before you, but to wait for your timing. Help me to walk in a way that is delightful to you, that will bring you glory before the angels, demons and people around me.
Psalm 37:25 “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”
[You Lord, provide what is necessary through all our days. You are our rich, wise, gracious Shepherd, powerful enough to provide all that is needed–and way beyond, as you often do. We can trust you, we can rest in you, both during want and during plenty. Help us, Father, to keep that wonderful, biblical view of life that we truly have no lack, even though by the world’s standards we may.]
Psalm 37:26 “They are always generous and lend freely;”
[With the view of a Father who provides all, we can and should be generous, freely sharing what we have been given. We need to grow more in this. Help us to know how much to give and where. Praise you that you will lead us so.]
“their children will be blessed.”
[As we give, our children will receive more grace and goodness from you, also learning to give, learning that you provide what is needed and that we can trust you 100%.
I saw that recently in the sermon by a young teacher; his message had depth, understanding, specific application and a concrete challenge for us to take away. He was a third generation believer, standing on the shoulders of his parents and grandparents, given a definite head start in life, understanding things I only grasped much later.
Praise you, Lord for the blessing you give to our children as we trust and obey you. Guide today, Lord in how we should act and live, to bring you more and more glory. Amen.]