Summary: Allowing the Lord to direct our steps in His paths
Three (3) Steps of the Saints
There is a set of books called the Treasury of David that I have, and in it this statement may be found…..
“All his course of life is graciously ordained, and in lovingkindness all is fixed, settled, and maintained. No reckless fate, no fickle chance rules us; our every step is the subject of divine decree“.
Psalms 23:4 says…
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
I Peter 2:21 says…
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
Psalms 119:133 says…
Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
The Word (ordered) in Psalms 37 means….prepared or established
The Psalmist in 119:133 is asking the Lord to establish his steps that he will not fall into iniquity.
Proverbs 16:9 says…
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
~When we look at the passage found in Proverbs we see why he has asked for the Lord to
Look at the words in Psalms 40:2 which says…
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings;
~Not only has he brought me up out of a pit, and out of the miry clay, but then he set my
feet upon a rock, then he established (prepared-directed) his goings.
~Thank God for the Work that He has done for us.
Allow us a few minutes to see where the Lord is directing our steps to go this morning.
1. STEP UP
Look with me in Isaiah 6:1-8 with me.
1 n the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. 6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
A. The king was dead…Vv.1
B. But the Lord is still on the Throne…Vv.1
~Although Uzziah may be dead, the Lord is alive and well.
~That is exactly what Isaiah wants you and I to know here.
~Aren’t you glad He is alive and well?
C. His train filled the temple…Vv.1
~The key here for us to learn is that there is no room for anything else but God. What do
you have filling up your vision of God?
~There is even no room for the seraphims, they stood above it…Vv.2
>>>Here is our part found in Vv.8
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Isaiah knew he was undone, unclean, and dwelled with people of the same…Vv.5
He knew he was a sinner…Vv.7
…despite being undone, unclean, he was still willing to go.
1a. Before Isaiah could go he had to get things right.
~Verse 7 says….and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
~Once things are right, then the Lord can use us for His glory.
2a. We can’t make a difference for the Kingdom till we are self can be ready for the
Kingdom. Its only then can we say what Isaiah said….”send me”
3a. It is time for the Church to get off the bench and get in the game of life, get going like
its black Friday, and it’s the best time to be out sharing that Eternal gift.
4a. Stop saying there is nothing for me to do, stop saying I can’t do it, stop saying let