31 The law [towrah] of his
God ['elohiym] is in his heart [leb]; none of his steps ['ashur]
shall slide [ma`ad]. KJV-Interlinear
31 The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip. ESV
The law, towrah, is a word that is used to describe the whole collective body of truth, namely the Scriptures.
Of God, simply specifies which law we are talking about, which is the content of the Bible.
In his heart, is a reference to the active function of the thinking of the soul. In the physical body the heart is the pump, which keeps the blood moving and circulating throughout a person’s body.
When referring to the soul, the heart represents the thinking or the constant or active movement of thought within and throughout the soul.
Obviously in order to have something circulating within your soul, you have to have something in your soul. And, since this is a reference to the content of the Scriptures circulating within your soul, then obviously you have to learn Bible doctrine before it can be a functional part of your soul.
The context of our passage is referring to the spiritually mature believer, who has grown up as a result of learning Bible doctrine, understanding Bible doctrine, retaining Bible doctrine, and utilizing it within his daily life.
Throughout the Bible, references are made to success, prosperity, security, and in this verse, to sure steps, wherein the individual does not stumble his way through life. This is a reference to the spiritual life, and may or may not apply to ones temporal life.
The benefits of the spiritual life can overflow into the temporal life, but that is not a given. A poor man, a sick man, has obvious handicaps in this world. However if that poor man or sick man pursue Bible doctrine and learn it, and advance in their spiritual life, then they can legitimately claim success, health, security and prosperity. All of these apply to the spiritual side of their life, and eventually to the next life, or eternity.
The steps that do not slip, is a reference to the functioning aspect of your spiritual life.
You can live in this world and fail miserably, and have the worst luck imaginable, and live a life that is filled with one problem after another, after another. But if the individual is positive toward Bible doctrine, which addresses not the temporal life, but the spiritual state of ones soul, then the application of the status of their soul is a spiritual application which ultimately applies to the next life, and all of eternity.
The priority of preparing yourself spiritually, is to ready yourself for eternity.
The functions of living in this life, are logistical to help you get through this life, while simultaneously giving you the opportunity to prepare yourself and your spiritual life.
The temporal life should be viewed as a supporting role for your spiritual preparation.
Your life in this temporal world is not your objective, nor the end of, or the completion of, your life.
Spiritual principles you learn, apply to this life with respect to your responsibilities and obligations in life.
But your ultimate success or failure in life is determined completely by your spiritual life.
Your spiritual life goes with you into eternity.
The things of this temporal world, are merely temporary, and are left behind when you leave this world.
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