Commit your way to the Lord

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.  Psalm 37:5-6

There is great blessing in committing our way to the Lord.  Committing our way to the Lord means that we willingly surrender our lives to the will of Almighty God.  There is great peace in simply trusting the Lord.  Too many times we try to control everything, but God is simply calling us to let go and trust Him in all things.

The Lord will always have His way in our lives.  Many times when we have been wronged in life we sometimes think that God has forgotten us and abandoned us.  But He has an exact time when He will move.  But trusting the Lord can be hard because it requires that we live by faith and not by sight.

As we trust the Lord we develop deep intimacy with Him.  We come to know Him in a much deeper way and He begins to transform our lives from the inside out.  He has given us His word and He has given us the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.  May we fix our hearts and minds upon Jesus this day and be obedient to all that the Lord leads us to do.

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We thank you, O God!  We give thanks because you are near.  People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.

We thank you, O God!
    We give thanks because you are near.
    People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.

God says, “At the time I have planned,
    I will bring justice against the wicked.
When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil,
    I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. Interlude

“I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’
    I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists!
Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens
    or speak with such arrogance.’”
For no one on earth—from east or west,
    or even from the wilderness—
    should raise a defiant fist.[a]
It is God alone who judges;
    he decides who will rise and who will fall.
For the Lord holds a cup in his hand
    that is full of foaming wine mixed with spices.
He pours out the wine in judgment,
    and all the wicked must drink it,
    draining it to the dregs.

But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done;
    I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10 For God says, “I will break the strength of the wicked,
    but I will increase the power of the godly.”  Psalm 75

This Psalm begins with thanksgiving to the Lord.  The writer of the Psalm writes your wonderous works declare your name is near.  God is not far away.  He is closer than our every breath.  He walks with us in all things and often when we feel overwhelmed with the challenges we face on a daily basis we can lose sight of this.

The Lord has established all things by His power and His might.  He has an appointed time for all things and all will stand in judgement before the Lord.  We are accountable for the way we have lived our lives upon this earth.  Many today reject the truth of who God is and their lives are given over to the wickedness of this world.

The Lord seeks those who are humble and will elevate them in due time.  But to those who are arrogant and boastful the Lord will bring low.  Those who live in wickedness believe their lives to be untouchable.  But God has an appointed time when He will deal with all things.

The Lord at His appointed time will judge all things.  No one will escape the judgement of Almighty God.  He alone is the one who judges and He alone is the one who sits upon the throne of eternity.  His will is sovereign and His will is inescapable.  He offers salvation to all, but only those who submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ shall be saved.

God will increase the power and strength of the godly.  While we are on this earth it seems as if the wicked prosper, but this only happens for a season.  A man reaps what he sows and those who sow to the things of wickedness and sin, in time will reap destruction.  May our eyes not be fixed upon this world and the circumstances we face.  But may our eyes be focused upon God and His word.  His word is true and He will fulfill His every plan and purpose upon the earth.

Remember that we are the people you chose long ago,     the tribe you redeemed as your own special possession!     And remember Jerusalem, your home here on earth.

O God, why have you rejected us so long?
    Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture?
Remember that we are the people you chose long ago,
    the tribe you redeemed as your own special possession!
    And remember Jerusalem,[b] your home here on earth.
Walk through the awful ruins of the city;
    see how the enemy has destroyed your sanctuary.

There your enemies shouted their victorious battle cries;
    there they set up their battle standards.
They swung their axes
    like woodcutters in a forest.
With axes and picks,
    they smashed the carved paneling.
They burned your sanctuary to the ground.
    They defiled the place that bears your name.
Then they thought, “Let’s destroy everything!”
    So they burned down all the places where God was worshiped.

We no longer see your miraculous signs.
    All the prophets are gone,
    and no one can tell us when it will end.
10 How long, O God, will you allow our enemies to insult you?
    Will you let them dishonor your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your strong right hand?
    Unleash your powerful fist and destroy them.

12 You, O God, are my king from ages past,
    bringing salvation to the earth.
13 You split the sea by your strength
    and smashed the heads of the sea monsters.
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan[c]
    and let the desert animals eat him.
15 You caused the springs and streams to gush forth,
    and you dried up rivers that never run dry.
16 Both day and night belong to you;
    you made the starlight[d] and the sun.
17 You set the boundaries of the earth,
    and you made both summer and winter.

18 See how these enemies insult you, Lord.
    A foolish nation has dishonored your name.
19 Don’t let these wild beasts destroy your turtledoves.
    Don’t forget your suffering people forever.

20 Remember your covenant promises,
    for the land is full of darkness and violence!
21 Don’t let the downtrodden be humiliated again.
    Instead, let the poor and needy praise your name.

22 Arise, O God, and defend your cause.
    Remember how these fools insult you all day long.
23 Don’t overlook what your enemies have said
    or their growing uproar.  Psalm 74

The writer of Psalm 74 appeals to the Lord that He would move in their midst.  He reminds the Lord of the covenant that God established with Israel and is asking the Lord to move mightily in their midst.  To bring healing and restoration.  God has given us the opportunity to seek His face and we should never treat it lightly.  He not only hears the prayers of His people but He moves greatly when His people pray.

The writer speaks of the enemy’s battle cry and smashing the sanctuary of the Lord.  The writer is pointing to what the enemy has done is asking the Lord to move because of the wickedness of the enemy.  We today can still pray for the justice and righteousness of God.  But the enemy we face is not flesh and blood.  The enemy we face is a spiritual enemy who is already defeated.  We must remember to fix our eyes upon Jesus in all and every circumstance.

The writer speaks of God’s miraculous power being absent from Israel and the absence of the prophets.  He is asking the Lord to move mightily with His strong right hand.  Many times when we are waiting upon the Lord it can be very difficult.  But God will move in His perfect time and in the waiting He is doing a deep work in our hearts.

The writer many of the great things God has done and God has accomplished.  Because of this he knows that his request of the Lord to move mightily on behalf of Israel is not only possible but something the Lord can easily accomplish.  Where he is struggling is why the Lord is not moving right away.  Why does it seem that God is distant and absent?  He is not distant and absent, He is merely preparing the way for His will.  That work begins in our hearts.

The writer continually reminds the Lord of His covenant with Israel.  He asks that the Lord would not forget the poor and the down trodden.  There are times when it seems that the wicked prosper and that the Lord is absent.  But God’s will and His timing are sovereign.  Many times they are outside our understanding and therefore we must simply trust the Lord by faith.  He will move and He has simply called us to seek Him.  His will will be accomplished.

Psalm 130:5

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope.  Psalm 130:5

Waiting on the Lord can be difficult, uncomfortable, and hard.  There is a deep work that takes place in our hearts as we wait upon the Lord.  Our faith and trust continues to grow deeper as we wait upon the Lord for His timing and His promise.  God is always faithful and His timing is always perfect.  But this is very difficult because He often doesn’t tell us when something will happen.  What I have found as I have waited on the Lord and continue to wait upon Him is that He simply continues to lead me to His word.

He leads me to examples in His word of people who have had to wait upon Him.  He leads me to promises in His word that He is faithful and will complete what He has begun in us by His grace and His power.  But this journey is all about growing in Him and becoming more and more like Him.  This only happens as patience is developed in our lives and patience is also known as long suffering. Often times for patience to be developed in a life of a person they must be willing to suffer for a long period of time.

Suffering is never enjoyable while we are going through it, but there is a purpose behind it.  Those our Father loves He prunes and that pruning process can be very painful and uncomfortable.  But we must be willing to yield and surrender our hearts to the Lord and His will.  One of the most difficult things in our Christian journey is surrendering our hearts and lives to the will of God.  God is faithful and fulfill every promise and plan.  But waiting upon Him for His timing and His way can be hard but is always designed with a purpose.

Psalm 97:10

Hate evil, you who love the Lord, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

Psalm 97:10 NASB

We are called to hate that which is evil.  We live in a world and culture in which the things of wickedness are glorified.  As we seek Christ each day we become more and more aware of the wickedness of the world.  We are called to be set apart in the world.  In God’s word the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Holy Spirit is clearly presented and we are called to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.  As we walk with the Lord each day the Lord is continuing to refine us and to prune us.  Those the Father loves He prunes and as we walk each step of this journey the Lord is continually cutting away the things of our fleshly nature and replacing them with His nature and His character.

And all His work is done in faithfulness

For the word of the Lord is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the loving kindness of the Lord.

Psalm 33:4-5 NASB

The Lord is faithful.  He is faithful to fulfill every plan and purpose according to His sovereign will.  There are times during our journey with the Lord that we can feel as if we have been forgotten or abandoned.  But it is in the most difficult moments that God is doing His greatest work.

God’s greatest desire is to produce within us His nature and His character.  When we are born into this world we are born into sin and bondage.  We are enslaved to sin and we are driven to fulfill the selfish and wicked desires that exist within us.  But when we come to Jesus our hearts and lives are set free from the curse of sin and death.

As we walk with Christ each day and seek His face through prayer and the study of His word, our lives are transformed from the inside out.  The deepest works of God in the life of a person when the work is taking place is not noticed by those on the outside, but for the person being transformed the process at times is painful and challenging.

For Jesus compared the Christian journey to carrying one’s cross.  This journey can not be accomplished in our own strength.  It is in the place of process that we learn to die to ourselves and learn to rely fully upon the Lord.  The maturation process in Christ is one in which we simply learn to live each day fully relying upon God.

In every moment, no matter how big or small we learn to fully trust the Lord.  The greatest thing we can do is simply abide in Him each day.  As we draw near and seek Him our hunger for Him will continue to grow and overtake our heart.  We will become obsessed with Him and the pursuit of His kingdom.  May we focus our hearts each day upon the Lord and meditate daily upon His word.

For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress

But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your loving kindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress.

Psalm 59:16 NASB

The Lord is our stronghold.  He is the one who sustains us throughout this journey we call life.  For everything God has called us to do, He has equipped us for His purposes.  Our journey with Him is a journey of progressive growth.  Through every trial and challenge we learn to rely upon the Lord each and every day.  We learn to decrease so that He may increase in us.

God has given us His word to guide our lives, to correct us, and to encourage us on a daily basis.  Time spent daily in God’s word will renew our minds and transform our lives.  It will give us the proper perspective in every situation.  If we walk this journey without spending time in God’s word we will see all things from an earthly perspective.  We will see things as impossible and will believe things to be limited.  But when we diligently study the scripture daily we will have a heavenly perspective.  We will believe and understand with the Lord nothing is impossible.  We will see with God there are no limits and that whatever He has called and commissioned us to do is indeed possible because it is simply accomplished through Him and by His hand.

Abounding in love to all who call to you

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.

Psalm 86:5 NIV

The tells us time and time again to call upon Him.  One of the most powerful things we have on this earth in our relationship with Jesus Christ is prayer.  Through Jesus we are able to draw near to the throne of grace with confidence.  Our sin is gone and when we open our mouths and pour out our hearts, our Father in Heaven hears us.

He is abounding in love towards us.  There are many out there who believe that God is angry at them or some how holds there past over them.  But the truth is when we come to Christ and give our lives to Him, our past has been nailed to the cross.  Our sins no longer remains.

May our lives be a house of prayer.  May we seek the Lord with our whole heart.  May we remove every idol and every hindrance from our lives.  When prayer becomes the priority and focus, we become the sons and daughters God has called us to be.

Psalm 119:105: lamp for my feet

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Psalm 119:105 NIV

God’s word lights our path.  We live in a world filled with darkness and the steps we make on a daily basis are based upon decisions that are made.  Decisions made take place in our heart and in our mind.  When we study God’s word daily and partake of His word it is the Holy Spirit who transforms our lives from the inside out.  It is the Holy Spirit who leads and guides us throughout the course of each day.

A decision to follow Jesus is one in which we decide to walk with Christ every day of our lives.  It is not a one time decision that simply takes place.  It is a daily decision to align ourselves with God’s word and the pursuit of His kingdom.  It is impossible to claim to follow Christ and pursuit our own selfish wants and desires.  For when we choose to follow Christ we turn our lives over to Him and they now belong to Jesus.

Today if you find yourself struggling with a decision that needs to be made seek the Lord in prayer and the study of His word.  The more time we spend with the Lord, the more sensitive we become to His voice and His leading.  The more we come to recognize how He is leading us on a daily basis.  The bottom line is the more time we spend with Him, the more we become like Him.