Summary: "The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives." Psalm 37:23
Not too long ago, I was sharing with a client of mine who comes in for counseling & prayers how God is not just interested or pleased with us when we do "spiritual" things such as reading our bible, engaging in prayer sessions, attending church service or bible study but also everything else in our lives. It took me some years as I matured as a believer to realize that and when I did, everywhere I went, whatever I did, He was always on my mind. I was conscious of His presence. I shared how if I happen to misplace my car keys and blurt out "Lord help me find my keys." Without really going on my knees to ask Him, I would hear that small soft voice leading to where it was or a just a thought will drop in my spirit. I will find myself heading in the direction where I last saw the keys. That is God for you.
Beloved, God is very concerned and interested in the things that concern us. He is interested in waking us up in the morning so that we are not late for school, work or that appointment. He is interested in driving with us to work, running errands, to a sporting event, etc.. He is concerned about us when we are tired, sad or troubled and is there to give us comfort and encouragement. He enjoys watching us do chores around the home, e.g., laundry, cooking, cleaning and also when we sit down at the table as a family or couple eating and talking about how our day went. God enjoys every detail of our lives and is not happy when we do not involve Him in it. After all, He is our Father, a loving one for that matter.
Scripture tells us in our main text today that He orders the steps of the godly, that is you and me, and he delights or takes pleasure in every human activity we perform on a daily basis, except for sin of course. Like any parent, who enjoys watching their children grow into matured and responsible young men and women, so does our heavenly Father, who also delights in seeing us progress, seeing us succeeding in life as a result of the diverse talents, abilities and spiritual gifts He has given us to be used here on earth for His glory. What displeases Him is when we do not appreciate all that He has given us and enjoy the life He has given unto us for a season. Psalms 33:15 states. "
He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works " According to John Gills exposition of the Bible, it means He forms or molds the hearts of his people anew for himself. He forms Christ in them, and every grace of his Spirit; he builds them into one, and knits and unites them together in love, and makes them like to one another; for as face answers to face in the water, so do the hearts and experiences of the saints one to another. He also understands all they do and carefully observes their activities. Beloved, it brings joy to the Father's heart when we value and appreciate all that He has given us, and He also wants us to be conscious of His interest in our everyday lives.
Do you know the Lord also takes pleasure in you when you enjoy His creation, the entire universe? He loves watching you and me admiring nature, the stars, and space in general, the flowers, the trees, the animals, the mountains and valleys, the oceans and seas, the grasslands, etc. He has given us all the five senses to enjoy these things. And guess what, every time we enjoy the rest of His creation, it is an act of true worship when we show our gratitude for it.
God wants you to be yourself, do things the way you have been fashioned to do it according to the gifts, talents, abilities, and skills He has given you. Do not imitate how your neighbor, sister in the church or friend does things because it will not work. For example, If you are someone who goes to bed late at night and it has always worked for you, you are healthy, you can function better in the evenings/ night time, then keep doing it, do not force yourself to go to bed early and change your whole schedule just because your spouse or friend boasts about how she is an early rise and very active in the first few hours of the day.. That is the way she has been wired. If you try to do the same thing now, you will see that it will not flow well, you will not be able to accomplish as much as you usually do with your standard system and before you know, you are going right back to your regular schedule. I have a friend who goes to bed between 7-8pm. It will be tough to get her to stay up past that time unless there was an emergency or something, she wakes up at 4 am. I am the complete opposite. I used to try to get to bed and call it a day by 9:30 pm. Never worked for me, I just reverted to the way I am wired, going to bed by 11 pm and waking up by 6:30 am. Your lifestyle and way of doing things are different from the next person; it will be unfair to compare yourself with others. What am I saying? Be yourself!!!! Be who God has molded you to be!!!