March 29, 2012

Watching His Steps

Psalm 56

They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.
—Psalm 56:6


David lamented that his enemies were constantly conspiring, lurking, and watching his steps, hoping to take his life.

In the coming week Christians around the world will watch the steps of Jesus, many of which were watched gleefully by his enemies. From Bethany, to the upper room, to the garden, to the house of the high priest, to Pilate the governor, to King Herod’s palace, to the city gates, to Golgotha—we will watch his steps. (See Matt. 26-27; Luke 22-23.)

Some would say that Jesus was hounded every step of the way. Isaiah says he was led, taken away, cut off, assigned a grave. But the prophet also says, “It was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer” (see Isaiah 53:7-10).

When we weep for him, he will say, “Do not weep for me” (Luke 23:28). And we will be comforted, for each of his steps brought our salvation closer. Our hope will be strengthened, for he whose steps we watch is always watching our steps. He whose foot slipped under his cross will not let our feet slip (Psalm 121:3). He who suffered great harm at the willing hands of people blinded by sin will keep us from eternal harm. Nothing can snatch us out of his hand (John 10:28-29).

Lent is a good time to say with the psalmist, “I put my trust in you, &lsquoGod, whose word I praise.’”

Jesus, as we approach the week of your passion, keep us watching and walking in your steps. In your name we hope, Amen.

About the author — Dale Vander Veen

Dale Vander Veen is a retired Christian Reformed pastor who with his wife, Edith, has ministered in California, Washington, and Michigan. They have three married children and six grandchildren. He currently writes a daily e-mail series of devotions.

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