Order My Steps

April 13, 2018
By Suzanne Tucker, Assistant Director of Music and Arts

Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
–Psalm 119:133

We’re in the middle of a new sermon series called “My Self,” where we are being challenged to remove our masks and look at the sins (anger, lust, vanity, lying, worry, judging) that keep us from being our best selves. We often look at sin in terms of black or white; wrong or right. But I think that can be a dangerous frame of mind. Making choices that aren’t explicitly wrong, but perhaps aren’t exactly wise, can lead us into gray areas that take us far from the best version of our life.

I think this is what Jesus was teaching in Matthew chapters 5-7 when He explained how God intended for the commandments to be kept. Rather than upholding simply “the letter of the law,” Jesus called the people to a higher righteousness.

Sunday, the choir will sing an old favorite of mine, “Order My Steps.” The words say:

Order my steps in your word, dear Lord. Lead me. Guide me, every day.
Send your anointing Father, I pray
Order my steps in your word. Please order my steps in your word.
Humbly I ask Thee, teach me your will. While You are working, help me be still.
Though Satan is busy, God is real!
Order my steps in your word. Please order my steps in your word.

To attain a higher righteousness, we will have to walk daily with God. We will have to allow His teachings to guide us like GPS directing our every turn–even the U-turns that get us back on course when we’ve gone wrong.

I may not be tempted to actually murder someone. But when I speak in anger, hold a grudge, insult someone, or allow a conflict to fester, I am in danger of judgment. Order my steps in your word, dear Lord.

I may not be tempted to commit adultery. But if I imagine myself with the latest Hollywood heartthrob, am I lusting in my heart? Or if I speak unkindly of my husband and disrespect or belittle him, have I not betrayed him? Order my steps in your word, dear Lord.

I may not be tempted to steal from a bank. But if I fudge on my taxes, don’t credit an author I cite, or fill that free water glass with iced tea, am I not actually stealing from someone? Order my steps in your word, dear Lord.

We make a million small decisions every day. Individually, none of them seem like a big deal. But taken together, they can lead us into grayer and grayer territory, until suddenly one day, we’re standing right on the edge of the big, black, “this is WRONG” cliff–and it doesn’t take much at that point to just push us on over.

This week, take time to notice the less obvious sins we all commit–such as when we insult or are unkind, when we treat others as if they are expendable, when we misuse resources, or when we use God’s name as a swear word instead of a prayer. And then pray the words of our song and let it remind you of our higher calling.

I want to walk worthy, my calling to fulfill.
Please order my steps, Lord, and I’ll do your blessed will.
The world is ever changing, but You are still the same.
If you order my steps, I’ll praise your name.