Order My Steps

I’m encouraged by the absolute sovereignty of God: He invites me to command Him to make me understand His way (Ps 119:27), to make me to go in the path of His commandments (Ps 119:35), to order my steps in His Word, and to not let any iniquity have dominion over me! (Ps 119:133) He’s inviting me to acknowledge His absolute control over me and everything in my life, and to fully engage with Him as He causes goodness in me. (Ps 23:3)

If He commands me to pray like this, He’s evidently able to answer me … and intends to do so. The implication is that my will is not free to choose good all on its own (Ro 3:10); I need Him (Jn 15:5), and He’s making it happen. (1Th 3:12)

He invites me to command Him to give me understanding (Ps 119:34), to incline my heart unto His testimonies and not to covetousness (Ps 119:36), to keep me back from presumptuous sins (Ps 19:13), to remove from me the way of lying and grant me His law graciously (Ps 119:29), to let my heart be sound in His statutes so that I won’t be ashamed (Ps 119:80), to turn away my eyes from beholding vanity, and to quicken me in His way(Ps 119:37)

He also invites me to command Him to cause others who are likeminded to seek me out as companions (Ps 119:79), and to deliver me from oppression (Ps 119:134), especially from the proud. (Ps 119:122)

He can answer all these prayers because He works in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Php 2:13), and because He’s in absolute control of everything all the time. (Eph 1:11) All my steps are ordered by Him (Ps 37:23); it’s true for everyone. (Pr 16:9)

These prayers are all then, in themselves, precious promises that give me hope, and enable me to partake of the divine nature. (2Pe 1:4) His sovereignty isn’t an excuse for passivity, but a promise that my choices are grounded in His working in me, and an encouragement to pursue Him with an expectation that I will find yet more and more of Him (Mt 7:7-8), that He will reveal Himself to me (Php 3:10) and conform me to the image of His Son. (Ro 8:29)

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