Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 36-38
Key verses: Psalm 37:23-24
“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
I like the movie “Footloose.”
If you’ve seen it, you know it is about a bunch of kids in a small town who challenge a ridiculous ban on dancing. But it’s much more than that. It’s about youth and enthusiasm and hope and overcoming grief and…well, I suggest you watch it for yourself and see. Along with all the good music and fancy footwork there is a powerful message conveyed.
The Psalmist conveys that same message – without all the Hollywood dressing.
He assures us that we can leap and jump and go joyfully through life, because we are supported by God’s loving hand. He also promises us that when (not if, but when) we stumble – even then we won’t fall – not if we reach out for God.
That to me is the most hopeful part of the passage.
Not so much that some people have the ability to be light on their feet and carefree in their step. But that those of us (and that’s all of us, really) who stumble – don’t have to fall.
Do you remember what it was like when you were a kid and you went to your school dance?
Do you remember how the “wallflowers” would line up against the wall while the music played, nursing a glass of pink punch, and feeling awkward? I was one of those kids. Maybe you were too.
Why did we do it? Because we were afraid of looking foolish or silly or – worst of all – we were scared we might face plant right there on the dance floor.
But there were some surefooted types who got out there and had the time of their life dancing.
Well, in the life of faith, we can do just that. With God’s help we can be sure on our feet. Footloose – and free.
And don’t worry too much if now and then you stumble. God will catch you.
Prayer: God, help me to joyfully dance this life of faith you have offered me, in Christ. AMEN.