21st August 2019

Walk Tall

“Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”
Joshua 1:9 (MSG)

It was my wedding day; the sun was shining brightly, and the church was full of well-wishers. The aisle stretched out before me as I took my father’s arm. I was his firstborn and he was handing me over to another to cherish. My father, though proud, was finding it hard emotionally. As we began the long walk down the aisle, he whispered to me ‘hold your head up and walk tall.’ These were his last words to me as a single woman. They have resonated with me throughout my life.

In 1964, the Irish singer Val Doonican recorded a country folk song called ‘Walk Tall, Walk Straight and Look the World Right in the Eye.’ As a philosophy it is commendable as a maxim for life, however it is impossible to follow constantly without divine help. Life can deal some tough situations where the last thing we feel like doing is to ‘walk tall.’

The world can be a scary place where we can feel downhearted and burdened, not sure of who we can trust. The psalmist understood this when he wrote in Psalm 119:76-80 “Now comfort me so I can live, really live; your revelation is the tune I dance to. Let the fast-talking tricksters be exposed as frauds; they tried to sell me a bill of goods, but I kept my mind fixed on your counsel. Let those who fear you turn to me for evidence of your wise guidance. And let me live whole and holy, soul and body, so I can always walk with my head held high.”

God, our loving Father, wants us to ‘walk tall’ in Him, to be proud of our faith in Him, to trust Him in everything. What stops us from holding our head up high for Jesus? God has given us so much to be thankful for – yet at times we are burdened. In Galatians 5:1 we read “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

All will be well if we seek God’s kingdom first, as Matthew recorded, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” The strength to ‘walk tall’ in Jesus will be given – we can hold our head up high and do it for Him.

Wonderful Father, thank you for understanding our human frailty and forgiving our weaknesses. We so want to declare you to all who know us by walking tall in your grace.

Study by Irene Wilson

About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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