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Order my steps in Your word

January 28, 2017

psalm-37-23-2

Similar to yesterday’s blog entry, today’s post is based on the Quote of the Day for January 28, 2017:

“We must learn to order our lives by the Word of the Lord.”

Although believers too often seek to take charge of their own lives and direct their own steps, Jeremiah 10:23 reminds us:

23 O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself;
it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own.
We are not able to plan our own course.

In contrast, the Psalmist declares, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.” (Psalm 37:23 (NLT)

I recall that one of the first scriptures that I committed to memory comes from Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV):

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 20:24 (AMP) goes on to say:

Man’s steps are ordered and ordained by the Lord. How then can a man [fully] understand his way?

Despite our earnest intentions and best efforts to follow our own blueprints that we have designed for our lives, we find ourselves in perplexing, painfully distressing situations where we have absolutely no desire to be.

During such times, we ask ourselves, “Why am I here?  How did I get here? God, what are you doing? What are you trying to teach me?”  We recognize that God does everything on purpose (Ecclesiastes 3:1; Romans 8:28). Pastor Rick Warren provided a teaching series entitled “God’s Purpose behind Your Problems.” He mentioned that God is directly involved in every situation of our lives, and He is endeavoring to do one or more of a combination of five things: “Direct you; Inspect you; Correct you; Protect you; Perfect you.”

I took those five verbs, and I put them into a request, a petition, a personal prayer to God. God becomes the initiator of the action, and I become the object of his action.  In developing my own teaching series, I examine each of the verbs with examples from the Old Testament and New Testament, as I offer my “Five-Fold Prayer: Direct Me—Inspect Me—Correct Me—Protect Me—Perfect Me.”  I close each teaching with a prayer/psalm inspired by each verb.  Here is the first of the series: “A Five-Fold Prayer: Direct Me”:

Generally speaking, “Direct” means to lead or to guide straight, as toward an object. In the Old Testament the verb is used in this sense: to lead, guide gently, softly and with care, as a shepherd guides his flock; to lead or to guide; most frequently of God who leads men.

Two verses from the New Testament are part of benedictions that close out Thessalonians:

I Thessalonians 3:11:

Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

2 Thessalonians 3:5:

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

The Quote of the Day is personalized with this psalm rendered as a prayer:

Direct me

Prepare the way, straighten my path, order my steps,

Shine your light upon me that I may not stumble,

That I may not walk in the light of my own sparks,

But illumine my way with the lamp of your Word.

Lord, direct my heart into the love of God

And into the patient waiting for Jesus Christ.

Raise me up in righteousness and direct all my ways.

We conclude today’s post with one of my all-time favorite gospel songs related to this desire for God to guide and direct us: “Order My Steps in Your Word”:

Lead me, guide me

September 8, 2014

Psalm 143--10

Psalm 143:10 (KJV) is the source of the Verse of the Day for September 8, 2014:

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

The verse is rendered this way in the New Living Translation (NLT)

10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward
on a firm footing.

This verse brings to mind a previous blog entry which was part of a series of posts inspired by a statement that explains what occurs when we find ourselves in perplexing, painful situations where we seemingly by no means desire to be.

During such times, we ask ourselves, “Why am I here? How did I get here? God, what are you doing? What are you trying to teach me?” We recognize that God does everything on purpose (Ecclesiastes 3:1; Romans 8:28). He is directly involved in every situation, and He is endeavoring to do one or a combination of five things: “Direct you; Inspect you; Correct you; Protect you; Perfect you.”

I took those five verbs and put them into a request, a petition, a personal prayer to God. God becomes the initiator of the action, and I become the object of his action. In a teaching series I examine each of the verbs with examples from the Old Testament and New Testament, as I offer this a Five-Fold Prayer: Direct Me—Inspect Me—Correct Me—Protect Me—Perfect Me. I close each teaching with a prayer/psalm inspired by each verb. Here is the first of the series: “A Five-Fold Prayer: Direct Me”:

Direct: to lead or to guide straight, as toward an object

O.T.: to lead, guide gently, softly and with care, as a shepherd guides his flock;

to lead or to guide; most frequently of God who leads men.

One of the first scriptures that I committed to memory is found in Proverbs 3:5-6:

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Growing up in the Church during the 1950s, I recall a popular Gospel song that was also an expression of a prayer to God, asking for His guidance: “Lead Me, Guide Me”

Jeremiah 10:23 also reminds us that we cannot direct our own steps:

O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

One of my all-time favorite gospel songs related to this desire for God to guide and direct us is “Order My Steps in Your Word”:

Two verses from the New Testament are part of benedictions that close out Thessalonians:

I Thessalonians 3:11:

Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

II Thessalonians 3:5:

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

I close the teaching with this psalm rendered as a prayer:

Direct me

Prepare the way, straighten my path, order my steps,

Shine your light upon me that I may not stumble,

That I may not walk in the light of my own sparks,

But illumine my way with the lamp of your Word.

Lord, direct my heart into the love of God

And into the patient waiting for Jesus Christ.

Raise me up in righteousness and direct all my ways.

I begin my prayer and say, "Lord, direct me. . ."

I begin my prayer and say, “Lord, direct me. . .”

A Five-fold Prayer: Direct Me, Inspect Me, Correct Me, Protect Me, Perfect Me

January 31, 2012
A prayer to God: “Direct Me, Inspect Me, Correct Me, Protect Me, Perfect Me”
On various occasions in the past, I have found myself in a most uncomfortable situation, in a place where I never intended to be. Once again, upon hindsight, I recognize the truth of the statement by Doug Adams:

  “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

I recall one particular occasion when I asked myself, “Why am I here? (again!)  How did I get here?” The dialogue continued as I asked, “God, what are you doing? What are you trying to teach me?” I stopped and recognized that God does everything on purpose: Indeed, to everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiates 3:1). I was also mindful of my “life-verse”, a scripture that has become especially meaningful to me–Romans 8:28:

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

My sister, Cheryl, a retired middle school teacher, reminded me that when I encounter perplexing situations and find myself where I don’t want to be that I should think of those times as “teachable moments.” She shared that God is directly involved in the situation and that He is endeavoring to do one or a combination of five things: “Direct you; Inspect you; Correct you; Protect you; Perfect you.” The words that she shared had a profound impact upon me, as I thought deeply about her comment.

 Later I took those five verbs and formed them into a request, a petition, a prayer to God for me.  I asked God to become the initiator of the action, and I would become the object of his action. I also examined each of the verbs with scriptural illustrations from the Old Testament and New Testament and composed a prayer/psalm inspired by each verb at the end of each section related to each of the five verbs. In writing out my personal application of the scriptures, I also incorporated music related to the verbs as well. All of which I am now sharing on “Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe” with one daily entry devoted to each verb over the next five days.

Direct Me—Inspect Me—Correct Me—Protect Me—Perfect Me

I begin my prayer and say, "Lord, direct me. . ."

To more clearly understand the meaning of the word “direct” I went to the Old Testament and the New Testament to see how the term has been used. I found the following definition which is used in the scriptures listed below:

My Five-fold Prayer begins as I ask God to "Direct Me."

        After reading this definition, I immediately thought of a familiar hymn from my childhood and sung countless times down through the years:“Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”

 Many times when I encounter situations where I need God’s guidance and direction, I recite Proverbs 3:5-6, verses committed to memory more than 40 years ago:

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Another song I recall from childhood days in Gary, Indiana in the 1950s was “Lead Me, Guide Me.” Composed by Doris Akers, one of the most popular gospel songs of that era, “Lead Me, Guide Me” is offered in this version on Imperial Records with the composer singing all the parts.

Another scripture related to the verb “direct” is found in Jeremiah 10:23:

 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

 If I had to choose my all-time favorite “old time” gospel song related to this topic, it would be “Order My Steps in Your Word” sung by the Mimi Redd and the Gospel Music Workshops of America Women of Worship:

The following two verses also involving the verb “direct”:

 I Thessalonians 3:11:

Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

II Thessalonians 3:5:

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

My expounding upon the above scriptures and music inspired this psalm:

Direct Me

Prepare the way, straighten my path, order my steps,           

Shine your light upon me that I may not stumble,

That I may not walk in the light of my own sparks,

But illumine my way with the lamp of your Word.

Lord, direct my heart into the love of God

And into the patient waiting for Jesus Christ.

Raise me up in righteousness and direct all my ways.