Propped Up (Psalm 37:23-24)



A number of years ago, my son came to me for help. It seemed that through a series of wrong decisions, he had found himself in a very poor state spiritually: sin seems to do that. Although I was greatly disappointed, I willfully stepped in to help. My support was not based on the severity of his situation, but instead on my love for him.   

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. Psalms 37:23-24

From this passage, we can see that good men, walking in the direction of the Lord, will fall and it is not of their own volition that they get back up and continue on for the Lord. They don’t get up: in fact it is the Lord who lifts them up and supports them to stand again.

You have seen card board cut outs of people, which contain a prop in the back to keep it standing. This item illustrates what the Lord does for us. When we can’t get up, he picks us up. When we cannot stand, he props us up. Whatever victory we get, it will not be based on our self will or determination. It will be based on the goodness of God and his support and strength in our lives.

When you fall, instead of trying harder, look to God for the support and strength you need. He will be there for you and do the work that only he can do.

As for my son, he too found strength that only God could bring to him. He stood him up, established his feet and has been guiding him to victory ever since.

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We Should Not Be Moved (Psalm 55:22)

Because The Lord promised to sustain you, there should not be any circumstance in life that should cause you to stumble, fall, or give up. The Lord’s presence and power is always there and available. However, how he wants to provide power and the steps he wants us to take in the midst of trials may not be what we expect or desire. If trials or troubles have tripped you up, then you must have been trying to stand on your own.

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (Psalms 55:22)

Many times in trials, we pray for The Lord to remove our trial and we hang on until he does. But when he does not removed the trial or answer our prayer as expected, we fall. What we should have done was seek God’s face in fellowship. His fellowship will bring joy to our hearts and the joy of The Lord is our strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

I remember years ago when I was without a car and unable to cut my budget enough to save and buy one. Each morning, I left the house before dark and rode my son’s bike six miles to a co-worker’s house and then commuted with him for the remainder of the trip. The ride home required me to complete a ten mile trip. I really wanted God to remove the trial and provide for me a car. However, he had other plans.

The last part of my trip required a quarter mile trip up an extremely steep hill. For each peddle push that I made, I prayed, “God, please give me a car.” Little did I know, but God was more concerned about developing my prayer life than providing me convenience with a car. A car eventually came. It was a Volkswagen Rabbit diesel and it was given to me as a gift. With that The Lord received praise and glory from me and glory and honor before all my co-workers who saw my plight without a car and what The Lord had done.

In the end, I saw that it was best for the trial to come and for The Lord not to quickly deliver me from the trial. If trials come your way, it is alright to pray for deliverance, but what is better is to seek his face in fellowship.

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