Prayer Exercise: Psalm 23 – Week 7
…and leads me along his footsteps of righteousness
I am sure that everyone – that is everyone who has a season of snow – can relate to choosing to walk in footsteps that have gone before us in the deep snow. As a child, living in Ottawa, I definitely experienced this. The snow used to be so high that you could barely see the roof on the bungalow across the street. Those were the days of glorious, pure winter!
But! One thing you didn’t want was to have your boots filled up with snow because you stepped deeper into it than the height of your boots! So, we looked for the footprints that we could step into.
We always knew where we wanted to go – maybe to the arena or across a field as a short cut or to school. If there were no footprints ahead of us towards where we wanted to go, we made the best of it and made our own fresh footprints to get there.
With Jesus’ footsteps, we don’t often know where we are going. We know that the places where He will take us will be characterized by His kingdom ways. Whatever place we follow Him to is going to be characterized by humility, love, sacrifice and of course, trusting our Father. His footsteps are footsteps of righteousness. The rightness of the ways of His kingdom. The places where we will be formed into His wonderful character and experience His companionship in the forming. Places where all that Jesus has, becomes ours in new levels of awareness…where He Himself is ours.
Sometimes, I have no idea where He and I are going. Other times I have a slight idea and I start looking around to make my own footprints to go my own way. That never turns out very well!
There is an old hymn called God Leads Us Along. The melody might be outdated but the words aren’t.
In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet God leads His dear children along Where the water's cool flow bathes the weary one's feet God leads His dear children along
Some through the waters, some through the flood Some through the fire, but all through the blood Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song In the night season and all the day long
Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright God leads His dear children along Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night God leads His dear children along
Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose God leads His dear children along Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes God leads His dear children along
Away from the mire, and away from the clay God leads His dear children along Away up in glory, eternity's day God leads His dear children along
I hold out to you a resource that you can interact with in a variety of ways. It’s called “Pray as You Go.” You can download the free app or you can simply google it. https://pray-as-you-go.org/
There are many choices in the drop-down box. You can choose “Prayer Tools” and find beautiful sessions according to your need. I chose the one on “Grief” and it led me into a beautiful time with Jesus. You can also stay on the Home Page and choose the day’s offering of scripture interaction and prayer. I know you will love it!