Devotional - 97-07-08 - Steps
Psalm 37:23 "The steps of a man are established by the Lord. And He delights in his way."
There is an interesting theological tradition regarding this verse. It is common for interpreters of this verse to insert the word "Good" before "man". So it becomes the steps of a good man are established by the Lord. The first reference I can find to this tradition is Thomas Scott who did this early in the 17th century. But he is referencing someone named Green who I do not know about. Scott says, "There is no word in the original for good : this circumstance has led Green to adopt the following reading, "The steps of a man are firmly fixed By the Lord, when he delighteth in his way."
At first I took real issue with this interpretation. Based upon the sovereignty
of God, I want to say that even those who are not "good" still have their
lives established by God. And I still would maintain that. However, this
verse does seem to refer to the good man. There is no way that God delights
in the way of the wicked and so while the verse does not say that the steps
of a good man are established by the Lord, it can be deduced from the text
that this is what is in mind here. In fact the verse literally says, "From
Yahweh the steps of a man, and He establishes in whose way he delights."
Think about that for a bit and you will see how difficult the Hebrew of the
Psalms really is. Some thoughts:
"God is the cause of causes." Christopher Ness
Soli Deo Gloria,