“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” Psalm 37:23
Sorry, ladies! This month is directed to the men only! But, feel free to “listen in” as we discuss the steps of a good man.
To the men, I ask, do we really want to be what God wants us to be? I mean, is it our deepest desire to serve God the way He wants us to? God gave us the instructions and the will to choose. Clearly, God wants us to be good men. He wants us to be spiritual leaders. This is only possible through God’s strength asked for on a daily basis.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5
Other scripture says, we have not because we ask not. So, how do we continue being good men?
In this passage of scripture, the aged Psalmist is writing this as he reflects back on his life making observations of it. This passage is designed to help us as men to understand what a good, godly, righteous character is. But, we still have to choose. We have to make decisions that help us develop those characteristics. If we choose to feed our flesh instead of the Spirit, the consequences of our character will be reflected in that decision. This passage helps contrast – good and evil – righteous and wicked – and imparts unto us how to know God’s intent for our lives as men.
The Righteous Man Illustrated in Psalm 37
To begin with, a righteous man as described in this chapter is a real kind of man. Righteous men are saved men; men reconciled unto God by grace through faith. So, as saved men, we are already living sacrifices, bought with a price, holy (separated from the world), acceptable unto God. Giving of your whole selves is your reasonable service according to Rom 12:1.
From Psm. 37: 23-28a we find the Psalmist writing about the righteous:
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD (v.23)
(“Ordered”, per Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: to establish, fix, prepare, apply – to set up straight.)
Tall structures and towers, such as the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, are magnificent accomplishments, a real testimony to man’s engineering capabilities. Two of the reasons for this particular building’s strength and ability to stand are it’s flexible concrete and strong foundation. The concrete, specially prepared by a company in Chicago, was prepared through trial and error to withstand great pressures and natural forces. It was necessary that the concrete be extremely flexible against the high velocity winds gusting around the towers’ 1483 ft. high altitudes. The foundation, however, is the key to this giant building’s ability to stand up strong and straight. There are in excess of 104 barrette piles, special foundation footings, that range from 60 to over 115 meters in depth rendering a firm foundation for this enormous structure. The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD. Our footings must placed in sequence and in order by God, to remain strong in Him. As with this illustration of the Petronas Towers, we will be flexible when we are placing our trust in Him. We will not be moved if our foundation is place on the Rock and not on the shifting sands of life’s circumstances. The Lord wants us prepared this way so we as men will endure life’s storms. Would you want to be rid of those stumbling blocks that so easily beset us? Then, consider these points:
A righteous man will stumble and fall.
We will fall. Verse 24 of our text states this clearly.
“For he knoweth our frame, he remembereth that we are dust.” Psm.103:14
He knows us. God’s hand is there to catch us, so we will not stay down permanently.
“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief” Prov. 24:16
Here we read of that contrast between the righteous and the wicked. But, God’s mercy is that great to the righteous! To be real men of God, we must call upon him on a daily basis and get back up!
Long lives of the righteous have seen God’s blessing.
In verse 25, this old psalmist attests to us that He has seen God’s promise fulfilled: “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee”. He has seen the proof: the righteous man’s family is always fed and taken care of. His family is blessed; the saints are preserved and not forsaken; they shall inherit the land and dwell in it.
The righteous speak with wisdom.
The righteous man speaks with good judgment, in v.28. The LORD loveth judgment. This is because He is the great and just judge. This Word is truth, therefore we can trust the judgment and, the law is in his heart.
“Thy Word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee.” Psm 119:11,
You see, there is wisdom in God’s knowledge. We must call upon him every day first thing to gain such wisdom and then, none of his steps shall slide.
Wait on the LORD.
“Wait on the LORD and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.” Psm. 37:34.
Sometimes waiting is the hardest thing to do. But, God has a plan for your life. He knows the end from the beginning. Even though the road may seem hard, keep your steps on His way. Wait on the Lord, and the end of that good man is peace as it says in v.37.
So, I ask you again: Do we as men REALLY WANT TO BE what God wants us to be – that is, good and righteous men?
God calls us to rule our own houses well. But, how can we if we aren’t keeping our own temples clean. Are we willing to give up that which makes us less than righteous men of God? Remember that little children’s song, “Oh be careful little eyes…, little ears…, little feet…”? God calls on us as men to be righteous and have our houses in subjection. Are we willing to be servants in the example of Jesus as he washed the disciples’ feet to accomplish this?
So, we have begun to walk in righteousness, NOW, how do we continue being good men?
1. Through fervent, effectual prayer with thanksgiving; (James 5:16)
2. By studying to shew thyself approved unto God; (II Tim. 2:15)
3. Not forsaking the assembling; (Heb. 10:25)
4. Giving cheerfully of yourself and your substance. (I Cor. 16:2)
5. Addict yourself to the ministry. (I Cor. 16:15)
God wants the best of everything from us, men. We need to give that first step of every day to God. And, just like The Holy Bible says,
“Glory, honour and peace unto the man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also of the Gentile. For there is no respect of persons with God.” Romans 2:10-11
© 2011 Remi Fernhout