Safe with God on slippery paths

Psalms 17:4,5
We are remind here of the Divine assistances. “Hold up my goings in Thy paths ” (ver. 5). This is the language of one who felt that he could not hold himself up.

Some people in the pride of their heart imagine that they can, in their own way and strength, face life and its difficulties “The fool hath said in his heart; There is no God” (Ps. 14:10 ).

Let us look at the path of life, the path which leads to heaven, and we shall see our need of a Divine helper, “Jesus saith unto him,” I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. “ (Jh.14:6) Christ is truly our guide.

There are many Steep paths in life. Yet how pure, how perfect, how high are all the laws of God that we must follow.

We are born in the depths of sin and shame. All that is truly great and truly good lies far above us.

Now, who can ascend the holy hill? Can we, in our own strength, get so much above ourselves, so much beyond ourselves ? Surely not. “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:” (Isa.6:5)

Without Divine help we soon grow faint and weary “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” (Isa.40:29)

There are many rough paths. Life has its paths of suffering, the paths that have to be crossed with a bleeding heart.

Here in our human nature we often faints and fall. We often are faced with sickness, sorrowfulness, losses, persecutions, lose of peace and hope. Our heart is often discouraged because of the way,“ And wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD hath given them?” (Nom.32:7).

We see our need of the Divine aid, “Hold up my goings in Thy paths “ (ver. 5). This is the language of one who felt that he could not hold himself up. Some in the pride of their heart imagine that they can, in their own wit and strength, face life and its difficulties. “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD:” (Prov.16:3).

There are Dark path and we are often in most perplexing circumstances, and it is very easy for us to go wrong. We have not passed this way before.

Our path is often untried, strange, and dangerous.

We speak of taking a leap in the dark. We are constantly doing this, life is a series of leaps in the dark.

If our Heavenly Fathers hand does not aid us, we will stumble and fall by the way side.

Slippery paths are about us in life. In our days of youth, when we are strong and life seems free and full; in days of days of comfort, when there is nothing to stir the soul, and everything to quiet it, in days of prosperity, when riches and honours increase these are the times when we stand on slippery paths, on enchanted ground.

Unless God help’s us, we soon fall by the way sides.

There are may slippery places along life, and unless a Divine guide uphold us, our steps will slide. In (Ps. 16: 11) we read, ‘Thou wilt show me the path of life;“

The path of life is one, but there are many paths of the destroyer.” And Satan is perpetually seeking to drive or to draw us from the King’s highway into his destructive paths.

We have all sorts of paces, both fast and slow, and the road is never long of one sort, but with God to hold up our goings, nothing in the pace or in the road can cast us down. “Lord, hold me up, that I may hold out.”

Often in life we are reminded, of the sufficiency of our Divine helper.

The Psalmist has no doubt of his safety if only God will save him.” “Hold Thou me up, and I shall he safe” (Ps. 119: 117).

There is no royal road to heaven, but there is a royal Helper, and none can perish who follows Him. “God is able to make you stand” (Rom.14. 4).

Let us seek to glorify God, whenever we take a dangerous step, or stand in perilous slight, a hand stronger than that of Peter’s, stronger than Gabriel’s, shall preserve us, and keep us in safety.

Let us remember that we are safe only whilst we rest in God.

All other securities for good living are valid only whilst God gives them efficacy.

Promises, vows, pledges, all are unreliable, except as God gives us his help and power. God’s help is the key-stone of all prudent measures.

We must all try to take the dying minister’s advice : ” Stand up for Christ, stand up in Christ.”

It is the privilege of the believer to be held up. Not only to be picked up when we have fallen, but to be held up, so that we may not fall.

That we are preserved from falling by holding to God’s Word.

Whatever people in general may do or say, we have but one guide and rule of action, the Word of God.

Our treading must hold firm to the Lord’s paths, then our steps have not been unmoved.

By holding fast my goings in Thy paths, or rather, tracks, ruts of wheels, my footsteps have not been moved.

We owe my safety to the care which I take to tread in Thy footsteps.

If we hold firmly by God’s Word, that Word will preserve us. It shows us which are the false paths. “By the words of thy lips I have marked the paths of the transgressor.”

The Word of God strengthens us to walk in true paths. Its examples, its promises, the grace which is ever given in the reading of it, energies us to walk in the path of life which it indicates.

The text gives no sanction to carelessness and slothfulness. If God hold us up we have something to do, we have to hold to Him.

To hold God’s hand day by day is the supremest effort of the soul, it means unceasing thought, prayer, endeavor.

God only saves those who daily cling to him in sighs, and prayers, and tears.”Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you:.” (Ja.4:8,10)

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