Psalm 37 is a powerful description of the way God feels about us. In verses 23 and 24 we see God’s heart toward those who follow Him wholeheartedly.
23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.
A few days ago, I met my new grandson. I can only describe the feeling as delight to watch him coo and wiggle, snuggle up to his Mom, and yawn. I believe that is the way God feels about us and every detail of our lives. Is that possible? Certainly. Is that the image that I have of God in the forefront of my mind. Not usually.
The delight is followed by a promise that when I stumble, God will not leave me on the ground. The New Living Translation promises, “they will never fall.” Some other translations are a bit more graphic. The English Standard Version translates the original language as “he shall not be cast headlong.” The New American Standard Bible has “When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong.” I think I like that one the best – not “if he falls” but “when he falls.”
This is a trait of a great life to me. Though I stumble (and we all sin; Romans 3:23), I will not be cast headlong, for God is holding my hand.