Psalm 37:21 The wicked person borrows and does not repay, but the righteous one is gracious and giving.
Psalm 37:22 Those who are blessed by Yahveh will inherit the land, but those cursed by him will be destroyed.
Psalm 37:23 A person’s steps are established by Yahveh, and he enjoys his journey.
Psalm 37:24 Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because Yahveh supports him with his hand.
though he falls
I saw him fall, and it was spectacular. I was hiking the Appalachian Trail, and was joined by a section hiker who had a few days of vacation. He was up ahead of me about fifty yards. We were hiking a rough trail in the north-east, with lots of rocky spots. Suddenly, I saw the man twist around in mid-air, and then land on something. He had realized he was falling, and turned around so that he would not land on his face. After I caught up with him, I saw how dangerous that spot had been. If the man had not turned around so that his pack landed first, he could have been severely hurt. As it is, he brushed himself off, checked his pack, and went on.
When I read this passage this morning, I thought of that hiker. He knew he was liable to fall, and had planned what he would do when it happened.
God’s word for us is to enjoy our journey, even though we might fall. God’s supporting hands are there.
Lord, we don’t ask for an uneventful journey. We know that even the falls can be opportunities for us to experience your loving care.