I Shall Walk in a Wide Place

“I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts” (Psalm 119:45).

This verse struck me a couple weeks back when I was working through Psalm 119. “What does the phrase ‘walk in a wide place’ mean,” I asked. In the margin of the ESV, Proverbs 4:12 is noted as a cross reference: “When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble.” Here’s my conclusion, what I wrote in my journal.

To walk in a wide place appears to mean that the way of wisdom—the way of the Word—is the way of God’s blessing. Not that God’s way does not include many, many difficulties (Jesus said, “Hard is the way…”), but when God opens a door, He opens it wide; He does not merely crack it open. Instead, He throws it open. God’s sovereignty is over the open and closed doors (Revelations 3:7). When God throws open the door of His will in our lives, it will seem plain, obvious, and even easy to walk right through to the other side—by faith. That seems to be what walking “in a wide place” means.

Lord, cultivate the discipline of obedience more consistently in my life so that I may walk in a wide place.

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