The Message, Psalm 119: 70
My troubles turned out all for the best – they forced me to learn from your textbook.
Wouldn’t this be a fabulous attitude to be wearing every time we encountered trouble?
Our lives would really be a testimony when others saw the peace and joy we have in the midst of a crisis and wondered why. The truth is, our lives are testimonies, and people watch us, watch our reactions to see if we are genuine.
I want to be genuine in Jesus as I walk through the “stuff” of life and learning from God’s textbook is helping me be just that! I never get full from eating of the Bread of Life. I can tell the places in my heart that have changed because of eating and digesting the Word, allowing it to do a perfect work in me. I wish that it would work faster sometimes but I know God gives us exactly what we need at just the right time.
As people, we are similar. We all want and hope for life to go well for us. None of us are “putting up our dukes” and saying, “C’mon, I’m ready, bring it on.” That’s just in cartoons!
Do we even know what to prepare for? I don’t think so. How can one prepare for the diagnosis of cancer, bankruptcy, job loss and still maintain a God-focused heart and mind? I know there are many adjustments we can make in the natural, but life unfolds and brings circumstances that we aren’t expecting and we don’t want. So how do we maintain an attitude focused on God and his goodness?
Exactly that way! By focusing on God’s Word. By training ourselves to listen for His Voice and having a keenly tuned ear. By having already determined in our hearts that we will obey what we hear Him speak.
The Message puts Psalm 119: 65-72 this way:
“Be good to your servant, God; be as good as your Word. Train me in common sense. I’m thoroughly committed to living Your way.”
Our hearts are settled, we believe that God’s Word is good, trustworthy and dependable.
- We are willing to change. We are willing to submit and yield to the greater power of the Word of God.
- Our commitment to training stands the test of trials and heartaches life brings.
Our commitment is unyielding and will take us victoriously to the finish line.
“Before I learned to answer you, I wandered all over the place, but now I’m in step with your Word.”
We can look back in life and see all the times and places we wavered and wandered. We see ourselves today, straight as an arrow, useful to his Kingdom, a bow He can remove from his quiver knowing it will hit the mark when released.
He has the perfect time for our release. We trust him.
“You are good and the source of good; train me in your goodness.”
In his goodness, enveloped in his goodness the training takes place. We are not “out there” somewhere on our own with bad stuff happening to us. It might seem like that at times, yes, to be sure, it does, but we must remember that our hearts are firmly settled, deeply rooted in the Word of God and not allow the circumstances to rattle us. Although they do and will rattle us because we are human, flesh and blood not yet perfected!
That is when we must shift our gaze, lift our eyes and focus our attention, listening for what the Lord is speaking to us.
Remember! We are listening with the intent to obey. That will mean
- We will determine that out of our mouths, life words will flow.
- We will allow God to search our hearts and cleanse us from the inside out.
- Our actions will change. We will want to be kind and do good. We will want to show mercy, keenly aware of the mercy we have received.
- We may need to make temporary adjustments in our friendships until we are comfortable and flowing in the adjustments we are making in our walk with God.
Yes, we will go through difficulties, but with the Word of God, a two edged sword in our hands, a song of praise and victory already in our mouths, our dukes are up and we are ready for battle.
We remember to dress daily with the wardrobe of Ephesians 6.
“Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting, you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith and salvation are more than words. Learn how to rightly apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”
Sounds like a disciplined, well-trained group of people walking in formation. Sounds like the Body of Christ.
I’m so glad I’m walking with you and as a Body; we are enveloped in his goodness.
Yes! God’s promises to us are truly greater than gold.
Let’s live our days purposing to love and do good to one another. Let’s give glory to God in spite of and in the midst of hardship. We are a vast army. As one voice, let’s lift up a song of victory no matter how dark our days may seem.
We are His beloved; He is our light, our song and our salvation!
Will you lift your voice with me and join in the song of victory?
We reflect Him because we are dressed like Him in garments of praise, clothed in garments of righteousness, mirroring the Son of Righteousness.
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