He made me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights (Psalm 18:33, NLT).
In our text today, David reveals another area where he enjoyed the help of the Lord: divine guidance. He said the Lord made him as surefooted as a deer on the mountain. To be surefooted as a deer means to stand firm, to stand strong, to know where to go and when to go there, to know what to do, and when to do it. This is critical to any individual that will succeed in life. A close look at David’s life reveals he truly enjoyed divine guidance, making the right move at the right time. The only times he had trouble were either when he didn’t ask the Lord where to go, or when he was not where he should be at the time he should be there. For example, the day the horrible incidence of Bathsheba occurred, he was supposed to be at the warfront (2 Sam. 11:1-2).
You should take the matter of divine guidance seriously. You should trust the Lord to help you make the right moves at the right time. He is willing to lead you. The fact that you are born of the Spirit qualifies you for divine guidance. That you are a child of God makes it your covenant right to be led by Spirit of the Lord. The Bible says “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14). God wants to guide you step by step, leading you by His Spirit from glory to glory. To enjoy divine guidance these four steps will help you. Trust. You should trust the Lord will all your heart, that He is all-knowing, all-wise, all-loving, and that He will guide you. The Bible says “Trust the Lord with thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths” (Prov 3:5-6). Ask. Asking the Lord for His specific leading is a clear expression of your trust in Him. And He will not fail you. This was something David did over and over again. Should I pursue? Should I overtake?
These were David’s frequent questions when talking with the Lord. The bible is replete with the phrase “David enquired of the Lord” (1 Sam 23:2, 4; 30:8, 2 Sam 2:1; 5:19; 21:1). You too should cultivate the habit of asking the Lord which way to go. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee (Psalm 143:8). Listen. Many times when we pray out spirits are too noisy. Fear. Confusion. Tumult. Depression. So much noise is going on inside that we are neither praying simply nor listening to the voice of the Lord. We should calm the noise within and be still in our souls. God said:” Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10).
It is at such a time of stillness we hear God’s voice of direction. Act. Finally having trusted in the Lord with all your heart, having enquired what He wants you to do, having taken time to listen to His voice, then, whatsoever He says, make sure you do it (John 2:5). Prompt obedience. Complete obedience. Total obedience, no matter the cost. And you will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. It is well with you.
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY
FOR FURTHER STUDIES
1 SAMUEL 30
- Give thanks to God for His word.
- Ask the Lord to take control of your current situation, and to lead you.
- Ask the Lord to show you what to do in your circumstance.
- Give thanks to God for His guidance
Confession for Today: I am a child of the living God. He leads me by His Spirit, day by day.
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