8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety. Psalms 4:8
The peace of God is tangible. It is not something that is understood by the world. When our faith and trust is placed in Jesus Christ we know that the Lord walks with us where ever we go and He prepares every step. No matter what we face in this life the Lord will work all things together for our good. He uses all things to shape and mold our lives. He uses all things to grow and deepen our faith. But the key is abiding in Christ each day. As we spend the beginning of our day in the study of God’s word and prayer our hearts and minds are fixed upon the Lord.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3
The Lord is our Shepherd. He leads and guides us each day one step at a time. He provides for everything that we need. As we abide in Him and we seek Him each day He fills us with His peace and His presence. He prepares every step.
In Him we have nothing to fear. There are so many in the world today who simply live in fear and uncertainty. They spend their lives pursuing the lust of the flesh and in the end their lives are left with darkness and emptiness.
David was a man after God’s own heart. He was a man of worship who spent his life drawing near to the Lord. He was not perfect, but through everything his heart was committed to the Lord. If we desire to walk in obedience and holiness it only happens as we abide in the Lord each day and seek Him with our whole heart.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24 NIV
As the Psalmist is writing these words he is asking the Lord to search his inner most workings. When we are walking in right relationship with the Lord we will desire for God to search our hearts. If we are truly walking in obedience there is nothing that we will hide from the Lord.
Our desire will be for the Lord and His kingdom. We will desire to use our lives and our decisions on a daily basis to glorify and honor the Lord. But if we do have areas in our lives that need to be corrected the Holy Spirit will convict our hearts and we must heed and respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
In our lives we will naturally have anxious thoughts because from time to time our eyes may get focused on circumstances and any time our eyes are taken off the Lord anxiety, worry, and fear will naturally creep in. But when our minds and hearts are stayed upon the Lord we will experience the peace of God in all that we do.
May we this day desire to be vulnerable before the Lord and walk in deep intimacy with Him. May we desire to know Him in greater ways and simply use our lives for His glory. Our time on this earth is but a breath compared to eternity. May we be obedient as we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:25-26 NKJV
As we grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ our hearts desire becomes the Lord. Jesus becomes our obsession and our passion. This is why those who stand outside of a relationship with Jesus Christ can’t understand. Those who follow after the world and its desires see those who follow Jesus Christ as simply fools.
But as we seek the Lord each day our lives are transformed. Our eyes and our hearts are open to the deep things of who God is and His kingdom. This relationship with Jesus Christ is all about coming to know Him intimately. He desires to share the depths of His heart with us and as we draw near each day our understanding of who He is and His kingdom continues to increase. The Lord simply takes us from glory to glory.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 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.
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.
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.
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.