Words from the Heart for Sunday June 11th, 2017
For you have delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling, so that I may walk before God
Psalm 56:13 (NIV)
Walking Before God
We are not helped by the Lord just to be “better.” His awesome work in our lives sets us free to walk in such a way as to please Him. Thank you, Lord, for the joy of an ongoing relationship with You, our God of grace and power.
You might be surprised to know just how many people have walked across Canada. It seems that every summer at least one person attempts to do so, often raising funds or awareness for a good cause. The first person to do so was John Hugh Gillis, who amazingly only lived to the age of 29. On a bet and a dare, on 31 January, 1906 at the age of 22, Gillis left North Sydney, Nova Scotia, with two others. They hiked on the railroad track, crossed central Maine in cold and blizzard and reached Montreal. His companions abandoned him there, and Gillis, suffering from sore feet, went on alone. Charles Jackman, retired from the Toronto lacrosse team, decided at Montreal to follow him. Jackman caught up with him near Ignace, Ontario and on September 24 they walked into Vancouver.
Everything about the Christian faith is before and after. The Bible speaks about how we once were and how we are now. I tells us, among other things, we were in darkness, but now we are in light, we were dead in our transgressions and sins, now we are made alive in Christ. While this is clearly a New Testament principle, David testifies to something similar when he writes in Psalm 56:13: “For you have delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling, so that I may walk before God in the light of life.” Once David’s soul was dead, his feet were falling. Now he walks before God in the light of life. David knew the pain of sin, guilt and conviction. He had been through the embarrassment of God confronting him with the sin he had committed with Bathsheba and the Uriah. He never wanted to face that again. The good news is that he didn’t have to. God not only brought conviction, but forgiveness. God didn’t let David stay in the darkness of his sin, but brought him out of that into the light of life. God is light – it is in His nature. Sin is done in spiritual, and often physical darkness. What a contrast to the light that is in God. If you have been living too much of your life in the darkness of sin and guilt, put your trust in Jesus Christ, the light of the world.
These have been words from the heart.