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. He is trusting God to be the very breath he needs!
If we are going to run our race well, it is so true we need to take the time to commit the word of the Lord to our heart.
Just like the Psalmist.
Just like the Psalmist, I know my heart is too small to hold the greatness and the glory of my King but I am standing up right now declaring in hope and faith, asking the King to enlarge my heart.
That means, in big and little ways, I must be obedient to Him.
It is the intent of my heart to have my life and God’s plans and purposes for me merge. But yikes! The smallest of things can get me into trouble! That tongue and unrestrained temper lets fly!
You know in James 3 where he compares the tongue with how the small rudder of a large ship steers in the direction the helmsman determines? It is what comes out of our mouths that causes a veering off course.
We are the helmsman he is speaking about and it is our speech that determines our direction.
Do we have dreams? Then we need to speak out the fulfillment of those things instead of being critical about what our eyes see about us.
We are to walk by faith and not by sight! Our speech and words of blessing can change circumstances.
Our speech and our silence can change our relationships with others. A choice for peace is always ours. Life and death, blessing or cursing are in the power of our tongue and we decide what we are going to speak.
We can easily release a volley of negativity …
or we can…
run in the way of His commands and speak 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.
Our words, according to Proverbs 18: 20-21 determine the consequences of our lives, the Amplified version puts it this way: ” a man’s moral self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth.”
I don’t like it that the Word says our words are a reflection of what is in our heart and reflect those things we think. ..I don’t like some of the things I say.
But God… says I am a new creation. I am IN Christ Jesus who IS the Way, Truth and Life. So I am going to practise and teach my ears to hear, receive, believe and love His Word and then keep on practising living, speaking and loving in obedience to His Word!
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.
Do we dare live within the confines of truth?
REST. Rest would be ours by choosing to rejoice in the Lord. Remembering 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” will keep us in a place of emotional rest.
I have learned, through difficult and hurtful circumstances that those same circumstances will not determine and shape my emotional state…. IF I keep His Word uppermost in my thoughts and remember His promise that I can remain stable knowing I am fixed and rooted underneath the shadow of the Almighty.
The last few years have been a journey of trusting; being confident that my life is hidden, found and known in Christ. As I have run my race, I have experienced the treasure of this knowledge. The truths of the Word of God, written on my heart, truly have become greater than gold to me!
My merit and your merit comes from the fact that God loves us, He loves us with an everlasting love and today He is drawing us with loving kindness into His embrace of love. Because we are so desirous of entering into and being in a state of rest, we find joy in Him and gladly surrender to His will. 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, perfect, empower and equip.
Let’s run our race, sail our ship like master helmsmen in the midst of the storms of our lives focusing on Jesus who is our haven in the storm. Focused on Him we will be able to rest in His arms of love.
Our words will always determine our direction.