DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2021-06-24
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Psalm 37:4-7
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)
BIBLE TEXT: 4 Find your delight and true pleasure in Yahweh, and he will give you what you desire the most. 5 Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust him along the way, you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly!
7 Quiet your heart in his presence and wait patiently for Yahweh. And don’t think for a moment that the wicked, in their prosperity, are better off than you.
APPLICATION: Some years ago I experienced for the first time – a wife giving her husband, who was struggling for breath to stay alive after battling months of cancer effects, the right to go ahead and relax in death. What an experience! But knowing that doctors and family had tried every possible avenue to keep that man alive and in fair health, she wanted him to know that if God wanted him at that particular time, there was no need to go on fighting for his life because of her, she would be OK. David had experienced very troublesome times, in fact near death experiences, as his opponents sought after killing him on many occasions. He prayed sincerely for God to protect him and to lead him, but as we know today from our own experiences, that could sometimes lead to circumstances that we may question even more. But we notice in this Psalm that David shared with us what he desired more than anything – giving God the right to direct his life. This was prefaced by his advice to first claim God as our Creator, King and Savior. I know, many of my readers/listeners will rest comfortably knowing that you already claim Jesus as your Savior, so easy-peezy, right? But note that David goes on to say that if we have sincerely and honestly placed our faith and trust in God, then find peace in finding our delight and pleasure in God. Give Him full control of your circumstances, and the right to cure, or settle the situation in line with His perfect will. Not so easy, right? If you’ve ever been in a position to do this, then I believe you will not only know how peaceful and rewarding this could be, but how scary it was in ‘giving God the wheel’ of your life and your circumstances. Perhaps we just need more faith, is that it? Or perhaps we just need to learn to relinquish control, that we so frequently assume in our self perfection and self perseveration. Oh that we could daily quiet our hearts before the Lord! In other words, be willing to place all our concerns, worries, problems and questions at the door to our quiet place and just sit with open hearts and open hands before the Lord. I believe that as we ask Him to fill us with more of Himself, so that we could face the day under His leadership and control, then those issues we left at the door will all appear minuscule knowing that our God could handle it all with just a spoken word! Way too often we tend to question God about why are so many good things happening to our wicked neighbors rather than ourselves. David assured us that we should never question God on this, for He cares for us like any good father would love and care for his kids. Friends, as children of the King of all kings and Lord of all lords, we are honored and highly favored by our Father – our Everlasting God! There is no greater joy available to us today!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: God is willing to direct our lives, if we allow Him to take the reigns and be our God. Also, the wicked may prosper here on earth for a while, but as children of the King, we can look forward to peace and contentment here on earth AND throughout all eternity!
PRAYER: Who are we that a King should die and live for? I love the lyrics of that beautiful song, but today that becomes more real to me as we have meditated on this Psalm and been reminded by David of the peace and contentment we derive from being a child of the most High God, especially when we give Him full access to our lives. Life is way too overwhelming to handle on our own, so we truly needed this today O God. Please continue to take full control of my life, and may my readers/listeners also access the throne and seek Your wonderful face for similar action in their lives. Our eyes are on You O Lord, and we need You to daily take control and direct us in Your perfect path, so that You may be glorified through us even while here on earth. May Your kingdom come and Your will be done O Lord, our Master and our Redeemer. AMEN!
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