The Walk

Whether we agree or not, people use the term walk to convey messages about life in a variety of instances. We have all kinds of studies that purport the benefits of walking. We have A Long Walk to Water which is a short novel written by Linda Sue Park. We have Walk This Way which is a song by Aerosmith and remade by RUN DMC. We have Walk to End Alzheimer’s or Walk to End ALS both of which are campaigns to raise awareness and funds to fight those diseases. There are many poems about walking. We have Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Walk’ where he contrasts the days ‘of late’ with the ‘earlier days’ he spent with his wife Emma: late in life, she was ‘weak and lame’ and so couldn’t accompany him on his walks, as she had when she was younger. The Walk

A walk is a direction, a path, a course to take. I submit the most important person and ideology to subscribe to is God Almighty. I think it is very interesting and not coincidental that the very first Psalm 1 is about walking. The Walk

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

In this work of art and authoritative writing, God conveys to us the importance of how to live our lives, The Walk if you will. Like with Thomas Hardy, a contrast is provided in this Psalm. The righteous and the wicked are contrasted in how they respond to the Word of God i.e. the way we should walk or the way we should live. In Psalm 1, the reader’s attitude toward the law of God has to be considered. The righteous person loves and studies the Word of God while the wicked person hates it. God is credited with knowing the difference between the two people. He aligns and helps him who walks with Him.

The Hebrew word for walk in this passage is halak (hä·lak’). It is to go, walk, come, depart, proceed, move, go away. God is calling us all to decide which way will we walk, come, depart, proceed, move or go away from. The Psalmist makes it clear that The Walk has only one path – the one in which the righteous person of God values and adheres to the way of God while the wicked despises God’s Word and does not abide by it. The Walk.

Where are you? What does The Walk mean to you? Are you on your own path or are you following the path that God has set for man? Don’t live live like Philippe Petit’s walk between the Twin Towers where he performed daring feats that dazzled crowds. Do not risk the fall where you will perish. Hear and heed God’s warning about following your own path – the way of the ungodly shall perish.

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