1 Samuel 2:9 – “He keeps the feet of His godly ones…” NASB
The prayer of Hannah is one that we could consider statement by statement and be enriched beyond our wildest dreams. It is filled with spiritual insight that few ever attain. It was prayed out of her desperation and desire to have a child. It was the cry of a soul that knew God more deeply than most. It was a recognition of Who He is., What He does, and surrender to Him.
The declaration, “He keeps the feet of His godly ones” is particularly important. Throughout the Bible ‘feet’ are a reference to life, work, labor, and duty. Hannah recognized that God watches over the lives of His children and guides them into the right places.
She recognized the Sovereignty and Almightiness of God. She recognized His Immeasurability. She recognized that it is God that sustains life. He is the creator, the giver, and the sustainer of life. He has the power to make elevate or bring low. His power is uncontestable and only the fool would deny Him or challenge Him. He is the Almighty God, who is the Living God, the Creator of heaven and earth.
The Psalmist spoke prophetically in Psalm 32:8, “I will instruct and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” In Psalm 119:105 we hear the amazing words, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” In Psalm 27;23-24 we discover, “The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when He delights in his way; though he fall he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.” Hallelujah!
The prophet Jeremiah declared a comforting reality, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11). In Proverbs 3 we read, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
I treasure the promise of Psalm 91 and the myriad of other passages in the Bible that assure us that God ‘keeps’ those who are His. He never slumbers or sleeps and is continuously watching over His word to perform it. He sees the good and the bad and He is deeply interested in leading us to victory. Jesus declared the powerfully comforting truth in Luke 12:32, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
The prophet Isaiah offers a most comforting reminder of God’s keeping power. He, speaking for God, through the Spirit said, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb?” The answer follows, “Surely they may forget, yet I (God) will not forget you. I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.” Wow! The palms of His hands. What does that bring to mind? Surely it is the crucifixion of Jesus. Through the Cross, we have been inscribed on the palms of God’s hands and He will never forget the sacrifice His only begotten Son paid for our redemption.
I live every day knowing that I am kept! Paul said in 2 Timothy 1:12, “…I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.” You do not have to wonder if He cares, the Cross is the assurance. You do not have to wonder if He can, the Resurrection is the assurance. You do not have to allow the devil to bring doubt and fear, because Jesus promised that “Whosoever will” could come and if we have come in repentance and received His pardon, we can live in the assurance that He keeps us. When the devil identifies a failure in you, remind him of the Cross.
God bless you and may you walk in perfect peace, free of guilt, shame, or condemnation. God loves you enough that Jesus died for you! You can live with the confidence that He will guide your steps in every situation. You simply need to listen and obey.
May God be will you as you enjoy this day in Jesus!