I shall run in the way of your commandments, for you will enlarge my heart. Psalm 119:32
What a statement of faith the Psalmist is making! He is declaring that come what may he is determined to run in the way of the commandments of the Lord.
If you look with the eyes of your spirit you will see me! I am standing alongside him declaring with him, that I too shall run in the way of His commandments, knowing as I do so the Lord will continually enlarge my heart, enabling me, strengthening and perfecting me. What a glorious God we serve!
I have been learning as I walk this crazy journey of cancer that what looked too large to handle earlier on is becoming a natural part of me. Trust, faith, hope and love are anchors that are holding my emotions in place.
I am experiencing the kindness of God as He enlarges my heart to hold His love gifts as I make the decision to trust, to have faith and to speak words of hope and love.
James 3:4-5 “Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the helmsman desires. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.”
We are the helmsman James is speaking about. We are responsible for our own speech. We are responsible to steer our ship in the direction that God has shown us in His word. Bruce and I are speaking out the healing Scriptures believing God’s word is true. We visualize healing and the fulfillment of dreams He has placed in our hearts.
We can have the best of intentions to walk in sync with God’s plans and purposes for us but our tongues need to speak the direction, our mouths need to speak out the Word of God. Yes!
Do you have dreams? Then speak those out, speak out the fulfillment, the answer from God’s word instead of being critical and negative about what you see about you.
Our speech can change our circumstances and best of all; I have discovered that God’s word changes our hearts even before it changes the circumstances. It amazes me that my heart knows joy today knowing the man I love has been struck with cancer. It amazes me my heart is at peace.
Today I am practicing obedience to the word of God by not looking at tomorrow and borrowing trouble. Today I seek God for the strength to make it through victoriously.
This moment I will live in, love in and speak life into.
We must make a choice as to whether we are going to stay in peace and hold our peace and speak words of life, or unleash a volley of negativity. Oh, may it be our constant choice to run in the way of His commands and practise speaking forth words of life, blessing, grace and mercy. As the helmsman it is our choice; there is nobody else who can make that decision for us.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Day by day I am learning that if I choose to live consistently within these confines in Philippians 4, my emotions will be in a state of rest; attaining that rest by choosing to “rejoice in the Lord, to always gladden ourselves and delight our souls by remembering the joy that is found by having our lives hid in Christ.”
I have determined that the current circumstances of life will not determine and shape my emotional state. I choose to remain stable knowing we are fixed and rooted underneath the shadow of the Almighty. We learn that we cannot put any confidence or dependence on what we are in the natural or on outward privileges and physical advantages and external appearances. (Philippians 3:3) From what I have seen in the hospital I know that cancer is no regarder of persons. Rich or poor it can hit us all.
Life is a journey of learning and understanding that our lives are found and known in Christ. As we run our race we experience the treasure of this knowledge. That recognition for every single one of us is by faith, grace and the blood of Jesus, they are all freely available, and under the Blood, at the Cross we are equal. Jesus is no regarder of persons either; He loves us all with a love that is beyond compare.
We have received grace, truth and blessing by no merit of our own save the fact that we are the ones the Lord God loves; we are His Beloved.
Our merit comes from the fact that God loves us with an everlasting love. Today He is drawing us with loving kindness into His embrace of love. We find joy in Him and gladly surrender to His will so desirous are we of entering into and being in a state of rest. We begin to learn the art of running gracefully in the way of His commands.
Being in the state of rest, coming to a cessation of our own works ensures the blessing of God as He is able to freely move in our lives in order to polish and perfect, empower and equip.
Let us become master helmsmen in the midst of the storms of our lives and learn to focus on the point of rest so we are able to enter into rest, that haven in the storm.
Our words will always determine our direction.