He will guard the feet of his faithful servants. (1 Samuel 2:9)
You may remember the 2006 animated musical comedy film Happy Feet, which portrayed penguins being attracted to each other by a “heartsong.” When the male penguin’s heartsong matched the female’s, they would mate. One penguin, named Mumble, was unable to sing, but he could tap his feet in an attempt to find his heartsong—hence, the title of the move: Happy Feet.
In our verse for today we are told in no uncertain terms that we are all to have “happy feet,” because our Lord has promised to guard our feet every step of the way into glory. I see this verse as a great comfort to us as we make our way toward the Celestial City, and I also see three things that we can glean from it to strengthen our walk with Christ.
He will guard our feet from weakness
Our Lord will give us the strength we need to accomplish what He has called us to do. Weakness will not separate us from the work God has set before us. The Lord will sustain us every step of the way (Isaiah 41:10).
He will guard our feet from wounding
There is much to wound the feet of the faithful in this fallen and broken world. Yet our Lord will guard our feet from wounding. Our feet will not swell or blister as we walk in the ways of our Lord (Deuteronomy 8:4), regardless of how long, winding, and rough the road before us is.
He will guard our feet from wandering
And as if it was not comfort enough to know that our God will guard our feet from weakness and wounding, He has also promised to guard our feet from wandering. Now, this does not mean that we will walk the path before us perfectly. Far from it! But in those times when our feet do indeed wander, as the feet of all sheep have a tendency to do, our Good Shepherd will gently but firmly guide us back onto the path He has called us to travel (Ezekiel 37:23). We will all wander, but we shall never wander away.
Do you have happy feet today? If you understand God’s promise, you certainly will! Knowing that God guards our feet allows us to run with confidence into the call we have been given, free from doubt or fear. He who began a good work in us has promised to carry it on to completion (Philippians 1:6), and He will do exactly that until we walk through the gates of heaven and onto the streets of gold.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation . . . (Isaiah 52:7)
Oh, the joy of having the “happy feet” that our Lord is using to proclaim good tidings of peace and salvation!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!