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Order My Steps In Your Word

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Psalm 37:23 KJV 1900
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: And he delighteth in his way.
Let God God You
An individual’s highest fulfillment, greatest happiness, and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His will.
—John D. Rockefeller Jr
Zuck, R. B. (1997). The speaker’s quote book: over 4,500 illustrations and quotations for all occasions (p. 408). Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.
This Psalm dominant theme is contrasted with the wicked the the Psalmist describes in
Keep Your Eyes on the Guide

Don’t Be Disillusioned or Disturbed

Psalm 37:1 NLT
Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.
*One Negative instruction
Do not fret is the theme of this Psalm, when the wicked seem to prosper, the Psalmist calls for patience.
A renewed sense of dependence on the Lord.
Don’t Fret : To burn, to get heated up.
To be agitated and irritated.
Fretting leads to anger :According to Aristotle, we have a special emotion implanted in our nature—νέμεσις—which causes us to “fret” when we witness undeserved prosperity

disillusion /ˌdɪsɪˈl(j)uːʒ(ə)n/

■ noun the disappointing loss of a belief or an ideal.

Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 285). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.
The Psalmist spends over 20 versus taking about the demise of the wicked
Psalm 37:2 ESV
For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.
*The fate of the evil doers may not seem soon when compared to a lifetime or human history.
But in light of eternity their presence and impact is brief.
*Like Grass: fades away or is cut down and burned.
In the east vegetation is abundant in and during the rainy season, but it quickly vanishes away once the moisture is gone.

So Zophar, in the Book of Job (20:5), “The triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment.”

Psalm 37:3 ESV
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Trust in The Lord: To Have strong confidence or reliance upon someone or something.
A fretful heart is a heart that isn't trusting.
Some of the people wanted to leave the land because things weren't
Throughout the Psalms there are may Blessings in Trusting the Lord.
1. Defense
2. God’s Abiding Presence
3. Deliverance from enemies
4. The Goodness of God
5. To be their shield and buckler
6. Fruitfulness
7. Safe dwelling place
8. Food
9. Answers
10. Freedom from Fear
11. Immunity from evil plagues
12. Stability
13. Fatness
14. Perfect Peace
15. Everlasting Strength
Psalm 37:4 ESV
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Delight in the Lord:The word delight comes from the word that means to be brought up in luxury, to be pampered
It speaks of the abundance of blessings that we have in The Lord himself.
To Enjoy the Blessing and Ignore the Blesser is a Type of Idolatry
This isn't a promise for people who want more things but who wants more God
Psalm 37:5 ESV
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
Be Committed to the Lord
To commit my ways literally means to “Roll it Over on The Lord”

“Cast thyself and thy life unreservedly upon God—yield thyself wholly to him—look to him for support and guidance.”

Psalm 37:8 ESV
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
Don’t Be Disappointed with the Days
Don’t Get Deadlocked, Damaged by the Days
Ps 37:
Psalm 37:12 ESV
The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him,
Psalm 37:13 ESV
but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.
Psalm 37:16 ESV
Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked.
Ps 37:
*You Disappointed with your little
God is using that little to make you.
Psalm 37:18 ESV
The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever;
Ps 23:17
Psalm 37:19 ESV
they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance.
Ps 37:
There is Deliverance & Development in The Details
Psalm 37:23 NLT
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
*I was going to call them message something relating to a “Good Man”
*The word good isn't found there in the original language
Now the seminarian in me feels obligated to give you a correct interpretation of verse 23, I know the more antiquated versions many of us grew up reading says the STEPS OF A GOOD MAN which is perfect language for a masculine manly Father’s Day message but in all biblical honesty and hermeneutic transparency a better translation reads thusly
In other words the word man there is not in the masculine but rather it’s in the generic refereeing to men and women boys and girls, anybody who goes after God I got good news
Psalm 37:24 NLT
Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.
Psalm 37:25 NLT
Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.
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