Parts of Psalm 63 have been adapted to a song called “Step by Step”. Written by David Strasser the song has been made popular by artists such as Rich Mullins and Michael W. Smith. If you’ve ever spent time in a church or youth camp that featured more contemporary praise and worship music, you have probably heard this song.
The second part of “Step by Step” has been on my mind a lot lately. It says “I will seek You in the morning, and I will learn to walk in Your ways. And step by step You’ll lead me, and I will follow You all of my days.”
It seems to me there is much wisdom in these four phrases and if I could just commit myself to carrying them out then everything else would take care of itself.
Breaking it down, it looks like this: “I will seek you in the morning” is a declaration of intent. David, who wrote the Psalm, is saying that he will, by an act of his own choosing, seek after God early in the day. Wonderful things happen when we humans bend our wills towards seeking God. Even better when this happens early in the day and early in our lives!
And then what happens? “I will learn to walk in your ways”. We don’t just seek in vain. We seek Him for a specific purpose. We seek him so that we may know Him and know His ways. As His children and His creation we want to be just like Him because His spirit resides in us.
This is a learning process. We must be patient with it. Saints are not formed in a day or even a year. Salvation may be instant but sanctification and holiness is a life long process that must be worked at continuously.
“And step by step you’ll lead me” means we do not walk or work alone. God has placed His spirit in our hearts and Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us. The Lord will guide us every step of the way if only we will place our complete trust in Him. Even when we can’t see Him or feel His presence He is there and He wants us to continue to trust Him.
“and I will follow you all of my days” must be our decision as well. Times may be hard. Circumstances may not be favorable. Trouble may surround us on all sides as it did David when he wrote Psalm 63. But we must stand firm on the promises that have been made to us by our Almighty Father in whom there is no shadow of turning.
God is truly good. He alone knows what tomorrow holds and is able to guide us through in perfect peace. My prayer is that we would trust His goodness completely and desire to seek Him and to learn to walk in His way, every single day of our lives.