For you have delivered my soul from death,

my eyes from tears

my feet from stumbling

I will walk before the LORD

In the land of the living.

Psalm 116: 8, 9

 

It seems obvious that things have not been going very well for the writer of this psalm. There are frightening and frightful events and circumstances in the way of enjoying life to the fullest, and this follower of God is recognizing the importance of faith in God in staying true to His calling for the way that life is to be lived out. This song of thanksgiving and praise is also dedicated to remembering the many ways that the Lord has provided for the writer and the trust that is being placed in God for the continuation of life in its truest and most complete form. There is something else that struck me about these words, and that is the nature of the pace of the journey along God’s path. The writer speaks of walking before the Lord rather than other possibilities such as running, riding, or just traveling.

 

Walking brings about a number of interesting aspects in the journey. The speed of travel is necessarily slower than when we are running and is much more so than when we are riding in a vehicle. Steps are a part of our own bodies and we measure their progress internally; so, travel become personal process. This step by step approach to moving about places us in close contact with the world around us, and it allows for interaction with all that is found along the way. It doesn’t require an extraordinary amount of focus on our parts to do the activity; thus, it allows for contemplation and meditation as it also affords the mind and the heart an opportunity to listen and to hear what God is saying to us about life and about the people and the places that are around us.

 

With our busy schedules and the heavy demands that are often placed upon our time, most of us don’t consider walking as a primary or even as a desired form of travel. Yet, it seems that our experience of God’s presence in our lives and in our world might be enhanced if we were to take the opportunity to utilize a more meditative approach to the way that go about the day. Walking is one way to do this, and there are others, too. The real point is that in our results driven and pace of life oriented world, we need to plan to slow down and to open our wyes to see the Lord’s presence and to hear His words of truth, encouragement, direction, and love. This more deliberate means of engaging with the journey of life also opens us up to engagement with the world around us, and this is what Christ has called each of us to do. So, regardless of weather or the pressures of schedule, today is a good day for a walk through life in the presence of the Lord.