It is usually not an excepted thing to have your “steps” ordered by someone else. However, it is the preferred thing for those who are made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). If a man or woman joins the military their steps are ordered, or they suffer consequences for their dereliction of duty or insubordination. If we are followers of God through His Son Jesus Christ we too are soldiers of the cross of Jesus.
The Psalmist writes much in Psalm 119. It is in fact the longest Psalm of the 150 which are given us in the Psalms. It is 176 verses, and practically every verse has something to do with the Word of God. I think there are three of those 176 which have no reference to God’s Word. Now those references uses words such as “Commandments”, “Law”, “Statutes”, “Judgments”, “Word”, “Precepts” and “Testimonies”, being sure to cover every work of the Word of the LORD. If you will look closely at the Psalm it is a prayer.
I want us to look at one verse which is the request of the Psalmist,
“Order my steps in Thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:133 (KJV)
It is a shame that professing Christians are ignorant of God’s Word. Sometimes it amazes me how ignorant some preachers are concerning the Word of God. I do not mean to belittle or be derogatory with them, or toward them, but come on men; what do we preach? Our ignorance of Scripture is a personal detriment; as well as great harm to those we lead. There is no shame in ignorance, just in choosing to remain ignorant. That is stupidity.
The Psalmist; probably David; asks God to direct his steps. Our steps; ordered by the LORD will lead us into holiness, righteousness and joy and peace. The Psalmist also asks the LORD “…and let not any iniquity have dominion over me”. Those who are in Christ Jesus are possessed by the Spirit of Christ – the Holy Spirit – and are directed by that Spirit every moment of every day. We may not always listen and heed, but let us pray that our “Accounts will be short” with the LORD. As with the whole of Psalm 119, let it be also with this verse; our prayer.
The following is the commentary of Charles H. Spurgeon on this verse,
“Order my steps in thy word.” This is one of the Lord’s customary mercies to his chosen, – ‘“He keepeth the feet of his saints.” By his grace he enables us to put our feet step by step in the very place which his word ordains. This prayer seeks a very choice favour, namely, that every distinct act, every step, might be arranged and governed by the will of God. This does not stop short of perfect holiness, neither will the believer’s desires be satisfied with anything beneath that blessed consummation. “And let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” This is the negative side of the blessing. We ask to do all that is right, and to fall under the power of nothing that is wrong. God is our sovereign, and we would have every thought in subjection to his sway. Believers have no choice, darling sins to which they would be willing to bow. They pant for perfect liberty from the power of evil, and being conscious that they cannot obtain it of themselves, they cry unto God for it.
From The Treasury of David – e-Sword
Holiness, righteousness, peace and joy is only found by those who are in the faith of Jesus the Christ, Son of the Living God.
-Tim A. Blankenship