This traveler can see for miles and miles. Because there are no hills, mountains, turns or trees she can see far ahead. But not only that, she herself can be seen from a distance. I enjoy walking when there are no ups and downs to change my pace. But because of this level ground I would be vulnerable and open to scrutiny.
Today’s verse is David’s prayer to do what pleases God. He prays that God’s Spirit will lead him to level ground. This is the path of righteousness or as some versions say, “the land of uprightness.” This level path was walked by Jesus. The rough ground was made level for Him when every valley was raised up and every mountain and hill were made low (Isaiah 40:4) The reason for the level ground was not for ease of walking. It was rather for His glory to be revealed and for all people to see it (verse 5). There was nothing on that level ground to obstruct the view of His glory.
The way I walk is open to scrutiny and like David, I need His Spirit to teach me. People are watching how I walk whether I realize it or not. He is my God and His glory is at stake. When I walk to please Him, He is lifted up and glorified. When I follow what I know He wants, than those watching can be helped to faith. Level ground does not necessarily mean that my way is easy. Far from it. But that level ground does makes me visible.
Lord, lead me to level ground and may nothing obstruct the view of Your glory in my life!