Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;…
I. THE CHRISTIAN'S CORRECT WALK. Beasts, birds, and fishes make different tracks, and in a museum you will find specimens of each in the rocks which have been strata of the earth, made probably before the creation of man. And we do not have to ask which were tracks of birds or quadrupeds — it is evident. And if, in the future, somebody should find your footprints, will they be tracks of a worldling or a Christian? "He left half a million when he died," it will be said of one. "He turned many to righteousness," it will be said of another. Ah! that is a Christian's track. "He toiled to destroy the works of the devil." "He gave his goods to feed the poor." There is one Example — Christ. He never swerved a single iota. Straight as the path of a sunbeam was His journey from the footstool to the throne.
II. THE CHRISTIAN'S HELPFUL INFLUENCE. HOW tenderly the Lord cares for the lame! You are strong, and have no need to be afraid of rough places; but perchance there is a weak and crippled brother coming after you, who will stumble and fall where you tread firmly. Think of him, and act accordingly. A father, climbing up a steep and precipitous cliff at a summer watering-place, says that, to his astonishment, he heard his little boy calling out behind him, "Take a safe path, father, for I am coming after you." What was safe for the strong nerves and sturdy strength of the father, might be exceedingly perilous for the weak and unpractised step of the child. Therefore, the father must "make straight paths for his feet," &c. It is a lesson running through all life and conduct.
(A. J. Gordon, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;