“Though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:24
Picture this: a baby, toddling on her wobbly little legs, her dad holding her hand. Suddenly, she loses her footing and stumbles! Her little heart races as the floor seems to rush up towards her.
But then she doesn’t hit the ground – suddenly the big strong hand that holds hers, becomes a little firmer, straightening her up, placing her firmly on her feet again, with soft words of reassurance.
This is how intimately involved our Father God with us, as His children.
Verse 23 of this Psalm says that “The Lord directs the steps of the godly.” Your Father, takes you by the hand and leads you, directing your steps, so that, even if you do trip, you won’t fall flat on your face.
God shows us, teaches and instructs us, where to put our feet.
Sometimes, like toddlers, we try to assert our independence; we try to wrench our hand out of God’s and say, like children do – “I can do it”.
But we really can’t do it on our own, and we never have to.
He not only hold our hands and helps us to walk but He lovingly instructs us
Verse 23 goes on to say “He delights in every detail of their lives.”
And verse 31 adds “The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.”
When I listen to and walk according to, my Father God’s direction and instruction, all clearly laid out for me in His written Word, my ‘feet will not slip’ and I will not fall.
I love the way Psalm 17:5 puts it; it couldn’t be clearer:
“My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.”
Wherever you find yourself today, if you belong to Him, your Father God has not, and will not ever, let you fall when you hold fast to his instruction.
You may stumble, but remember that His hand upholds you, so it’s only a stumble, it is not a fall.
The word ‘fall’ in verse 24 or as some versions have it, ‘cast headlong’ is translated literally as “hurled down at full length”. Sometimes things happen in life that make us feel as though we have been “hurled down at full length”. But picture the toddler in the story. Her father caught her before she hit the ground.
Your Father will not let you hit the ground. He will not allow you to be hurled down! He has you by the hand.