King David is at it again writing and praising God that is. In this case his song is about God’s omniscience (He knows all things) v.1-6, God’s omnipresence (He is everywhere) v.7-12 and God’s omnipotence (He is all powerful – able to do anything) v.13-18. It is this first section that we will at today, and specifically our text is the third verse Thous compasses my path…
Thou compassest my path – I know y’all hear me say context, context context all the time but here is a prime example. The word compassest (or compass) can mean:
Instrument for laying out direction
Instrument for scribing circles
Being surrounded enclosed limits of something
Specified space within limits of something
To go, move around something
My point is without knowing the context we are free to “assume” whatever we want about a text, which is both unbiblical and dangerous. Here David is really saying ‘God you know each and every step I take in life my journey.’ All my steps are carefully laid out
and my lying down, – Even when I lay down at night you Lord are present, you know all my thoughts and dreams
and art acquainted – God is not just acquainted (informed about) folks, He is intimately familiar with His chosen people
with all my ways. – In fact that familiarity goes for everything we think and do.
I am not sure with all the technology in the military today if they still teach land navigation, and issue the trusty old Lensatic Compass. If not they should, as everyone needs a leader fully capable of understanding the path or way they are leading. Further it is equally important for leaders to be acquainted or familiar with the personnel in their under their command. A leaders job is to be that compass, to ensure those who have been entrusted to their charge are not wondering on the wrong path.
Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?
Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on being Compasses?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?