Favorite Proverbs: #29 Hidden Motives
What has the Lord been teaching you this week?
One of the great things about growing up in church is having a treasury of verses set to song that bubble up to the surface of my mind when I need them most. This one has been on repeat in my mind lately:
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down. For the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. Psalm 37:23
What a great promise and reminder right? And I honestly think that delight goes both ways: God delights and sings over us, and when we are in the middle of what he's doing, we're delighting in him.
The best part is, perfection is not required. We stumble, we hiccup, we sometimes hobble through, but this verse says that wobbles or falls or missed opportunities are not a disqualification. No matter how bad/guilty/disappointed we might feel, we are not cast down, thrown out, or given up on. The Lord upholds us with his righteous right hand.
More than I would like to admit, I struggle with feelings of guilt and underachievement. (Especially when I'm feeling particularly fallible, or simply...uninteresting.) But with that verse on musical repeat, his still small voice has been faithfully reminding me that his delight isn't contingent on my successes or achievements. He loves me just as I am. Not for what I've done or haven't done. Not for my past victories, or in spite of my past failures. He just loves me. More than that. He delights in this journey we are sharing together.
Remembering that restores my joy too.