Psalm 40:1-2 (New Living Translation)
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
I didn’t grow up singing hymns. The soundtrack of my youth wasn’t Christian music, but whatever was playing on the local rock station. The first Christian CD I ever bought was Out of the Grey’s Remember This. I purchased it for the song “Walk by Faith,” which had stuck in my head after I heard it in passing one day.
“I’m gonna walk by faith, not by sight, ’cause I can’t see straight in the broad daylight. I’m gonna walk by faith, not by fear, ’cause I believe in the One who brought me here. I’m standing on the edge of whatever — whatever he has planned for me. My next step will be measured with confidence in the unseen.”
Okay, admittedly not the most creative lyrics (and pretty atrocious grammar), but the tune was really catchy, at least by late-90s standards.
Psalm 119:105 declares: “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” In our passage for today from Psalm 40, David remembers that God has promised love, redemption, and faithful guidance. He rejoices that even when he’s not sure where to place his next step, God will be there to support and steady him, to keep him going in the right general direction.
When you’re in a tricky place in your life — faced with difficult decisions about an unclear path — how do you decide what choice to make?