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With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.  My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped. [1]

Source: Psalm 17:4-5

Whose way should I seek? King David knows it is God’s way and not his way. Jesus challenges me to put Jesus in charge.

God has made Jesus the ruler of God’s reign (aka Kingdom). My goal is to do what Jesus wants me to. Some days I just don’t want to. Some days that isn’t my priority.

  • God is gracious and kind to me.
  • Jesus has sent the Power of the Holy Spirit to help me.
  • Now that is some good news.

What is wrong with my way? God is God. God is the only one who knows the plan from start to finish. God is Great. Nothing is impossible with God. Out of nothing God created the universe. I am in no position to questions God’s plan.

What about failure? I must stay on God’s trail. I must not give up. God is in a good mood and His plan will all come together. There is a plan. God is the planner. My job is to stay on the trail and not wander off.

By the word of your lips. In contrast to the “deceitful lips” mentioned earlier, the psalmist understands the words of Yahweh’s lips as the essential guide for a life that avoids the path of violence and keeps firmly to Yahweh’s way.

Good news: As in the preceding psalm, it is Yahweh who provides the traveler with the accurate roadmap to life and joy. The final statement, “my feet have not slipped” may function either as further evidence of the psalmist’s loyal adherence to the teaching of Yahweh or as a grateful acknowledgment of the security provided by divine guidance.[2]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ps 17:4–5). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[2] Wilson, G. H. (2002). Psalms (Vol. 1, pp. 320–321). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.