“I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living,” Psalm 116:9, KJV
The way one walks says a lot about them. When I’m grocery shopping I’m a beast. My walk is hard for my family to keep up with (which is why I shop alone, for the most part). I can hit five or six different stores in one day of grocery shopping (I know prices by heart and refuse to pay more for it or I want a certain store brand – pray for me :)). The way I walk shows everyone in my path, “I don’t play!”
You are identified by how you walk. You can tell if someone is tired by the way they walk. They may seem just a little slower and less focused due to exhaustion. If someone walks with a limp they can be identified as being sore or perhaps injured. A straight, persistent gait can imply confidence. Someone with pep in their step can give the impression of happiness. People pay attention to the way you walk.
People are not the only ones who pay attention to our walk. God is watching each life that goes before Him. That’s what the word walk means in the Bible. It speaks of one’s life or conversation. Their daily day-to-day affairs. Colossians 1:10 exhorts us, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing.” (KJV). Your walk matters.
The psalmist knew to whom he was living. He did not possess his own life. He did not own his own steps. While he strode across the face of this earth, “in the land of the living,” he was walking “before the Lord.”
How many days do we waste living our days for other people? How much stress do we put on ourselves to please other people? It’s okay to work in cooperation with others, but we don’t live or walk for them!
Choose today to live and walk before the Lord. Being a people pleaser will mess up your stride. If you really want to advance spiritually and in this world, live your life “before the Lord.” His opinion is the only one that matters.
Free yourself from the chains and shackles of people’s approval. If you are straight with God – then, you are straight! He’s the one that loves you! He’s the one that saved you! He’s the one that brought you to this new day. Use it to walk “before the Lord!”
Today, I walk before the Lord!