The Good Ol' Way
“So now the LORD says...Stop right where you are! Look for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.”
One of my favorite songs is: “Down to the River to Pray” by Allison Krauss. A few lyrics are: “As I went down in the river to pray...Studying about that good ol' way...And who shall wear the starry crown? Good Lord show me the way!...O sisters let's go down...Let's go down, come on down...O sisters let's go down...Down in the river to pray. As I went down in the river to pray...Studying about that good ol' way...And who shall wear the robe & crown? Good Lord show me the way. O brothers let's go down...Let's go down, come on down...Come on brothers, let's go down...Down in the river to pray.”
Does that song not paint a beautiful picture? Visualize this: you have walked down a narrow dirt covered path, and now you are sitting on the bank of a tranquil river. You are watching it flow quietly downstream. The ripples of the water are graceful and smooth, and the scenery surrounding you is exhibiting a serene back drop. You begin to experience the presence of the Creator of the world near you. You initiate a prayer beginning with thankfulness in your heart for the beauty that is encircling you. God's peace quietly begins to ooze into your soul, and you eventually begin to find your much needed rest.
Where is the ancient path, in other words, the “good ol' way” for God's people to follow? The old path for the righteous to travel was long-ago established by God. For example, two prophets in the Old Testament, such as Jeremiah and Ezekiel, were pointing out the way by speaking about repentance, and to believe in the coming of the Messiah.
In the New Testament, in the Book of John, Jesus speaking to Thomas said: “I am the way...No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus Christ is the way, the “good ol' way”, which will lead you from darkness to light; from oppression to freedom; from gloom to happiness, and the Kingdom of God.
So brothers and sisters, why not go “down in the river to pray” to study “about that good ol' way”. Ask the “Lord (to) show (you) the way!” It is a sure way, a way where you can stand on His promise(s) where you will receive rest for your soul. You can say: I found Him; I found the “good ol' (godly) way”, down by the river!
“Let's go down, come on down...Down in the river to pray”!
Lord God, thank You for showing us the old way, which is the good way to walk in. Help us to always seek the godly way. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington