How to Apply Life from Words

 

How can I apply the life giving words of Psalm 119:1-8 to my everyday life?  What changes do I need to make in order to establish my life upon the promises of God?

The Living Word, the Word that is able to “penetrate to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and the immortal spirit, and of joints and marrow (of the deepest parts of our nature), exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12 (Amplified)

How can I soak in the Life of these words?

We are a blessed people when our way is blameless.  We are blessed when we walk in the Law of the Lord.  We are blessed when we Love.

We are blessed when we observe His testimonies and seek Him with all our heart.  When we walk in His ways, unrighteousness will be far from us.

The reward for obedience is blessing; rich, full, overflowing in our lives.

We wrestle.  We wrestle like Jacob who refused to let go of the Angel of the Lord until he was blessed.  We wrestle with deception, greed, wanting more.  We walk in unforgiveness, fear and shame.

Like Jacob.

We wrestle with our own thoughts, ideals and priorities.  We separate ourselves from our brothers and sisters.  Our family is solitary. Alone.  And our hearts wrestle as we sojourn.  We lay our heads upon the hard rock of fear.  Pleasure and longing for the acquisition of more and better pervade our senses.  We pursue what we hope will satisfy us.

Jesus pursues us.  Jesus is running after us with arms open wide, calling our name in the pursuit.  His plan is to overtake us with His goodness and mercy.  Tangible gifts of grace.

The compassion Jesus had for us far outweighed His love for His own life.

  I can imagine Jesus as He prepared Himself for His goodbyes.  His earthly father had taught Him so much.  Jesus learned early the grace of humility and submission in the carpenter’s shop. 
 
It was in the carpenter’s shop that He wrestled with His emotions.  The pleasure He felt as He ran His hands over the smooth wood, the feel of the sawdust between His toes, the scent of the fresh wood.
 
Within the walls of the shop darkness settled in slowly and Jesus wrestled.  His heart felt the pain of the crucifixion.  The fragrance of the wood filled His senses; the setting sun cast a rosy glow through the shuttered windows.  He loved it here.  He loved His family and knowing the pain they would feel at His death was almost too hard to bear.
 
Jesus turned His face, turned His face toward Calvary and set His face like flint to carry out His heavenly Father’s plan.  He turned His face once more and along the walls of the shop, it was as if He could see our faces.  Ours, radiating with the glory of His love.  The thought of us gave Him strength and once more He turned toward the Cross and this time joy flooded His soul as He imagined you and me today in relationship with Him.
 
His roughened hands had touched, healed and blessed.  Now spikes would pierce them through.  He trusted His heavenly Father’s plan of redemption implicitly.  He would go willingly to the Cross; His blood would pour out and provide life for us.
 
How often He had thought about us.  The time had come.  He kept His heart focused as every step He took brought Him closer to the cross.  The time of goodbye was near.  Mary and Joseph had housed the King of glory, loved Him fiercely and with great abandon.
 
His heart felt it would burst with the grief of goodbye.  His relationships had been deep and true.  He had loved like none other.  He had loved deeply, fully and known no bounds.  His heart was hurting.  His Father knew. The great plan of redemption intensified and once more, the hall of faith revealed our faces.
 
Love would see Him through.  Love would raise Him up on the third day.  Love spilt His blood so we could live!
 

We wrestle with our emotions and the Father knows and understands because He made us.  He wants us to come to Him, to cry out to Him and meet Him in the midst of our despair.

It is in our thought life our sin is birthed.  We wrestle for purity in our thought life and the Father doesn’t want us to ignore or mask our thoughts and feelings, He wants to meet us right in the middle of them so He can minister grace to us in our weakness.

Jesus was perfect. He expressed His emotions perfectly and if we make it a habit to ‘observe’ Him and seek Him with all our heart, we will wrestle ourselves into a place of peace.  A habitation for the Lord where His nature and characteristics rule the roost.

Truly, in the Father’s Keep the ways are the way of holiness, purity, never-ending mercies and steadfast compassion.  All of these are yours as you rest in My embrace and allow My hands to shape you, fashion you and perfect you. You will be no longer fragmented but whole and in peace.  People of integrity with the sanctified spirit, soul and body operating in unison – this is peace; this is the rest in the Father’s Keep.

All I have laid out for you is yours. Eat and drink, be filled with righteousness and the fruits thereof.  Drink from the fountain of purity.  Let your ear receive the Word from My mouth, it is food to your spirit, sustaining your soul and strengthening your body.

Go forth in joy and peace; stay leaning against My everlasting arms.  I will keep you from falling. I will cause you to stand in a place of purity; your feet will be securely planted upon the Highway of Holiness and joy and gladness will rain down upon you as showers of blessing from within the Father’s Keep.

Lift up your heads, lift up your hands, for the old has passed away and the new has come.  The joy of Jesus is within you. Everything He has, all of His qualities emanate and radiate from His life and surround you here in the Keep.

Joy is a safeguard for your souls, and here in the Father’s Keep alone it is protected and keeps you strong.  Your willing sacrifice of self is the highest and best offering you can bring, for it is then we are yoked together and walk in perfect  unity.  Joined thus, we walk as one. (Beckoned by the King)

Listening for His heart, Jeannie Pallett

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Sometimes His Hands Move First

Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes Lord that I might see wondrous things from Your Word.

It truly is wonderful to know that when we talk to the Lord He hears us and answers us.  We can share the most intimate secrets of our hearts with Him and He never turns His back on us, He never ignores our heart cry. He does not have an attitude of superiority even though He is holy and pure, true and altogether lovely, completely without sin…and expects us to be the same.

He is amazing the way He takes our lives and creates something of great beauty.  He never leaves us alone while we go through our fiery trials, He is right there in the fire with us and His gentle hand is refining us, shaping us, and perfecting us that we might reflect the fullness of the Image of the Son.  He is with us in the fire.  He is with us and turns us at just the right moment when it feels like the fire is too hot.

He is walking with us as we go through the times of flood. In the rush of the mighty waters, He scoops us up into His arms and we stand, held upright as we push through the waters.  We are never overcome!  Our flesh may feel weak but He always strengthens us with the power of His mighty right hand.

There is a saying “seek His Face and not His hand”.  While I was gazing into His holy Word and seeking His Face, He showed me how sometimes His hands move first in our behalf and we are not even aware of it!

His Hands Move First  

Isaiah 26:7 The path of the righteous is level; O Upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth.

 

This is the effect of God’s hand upon our lives, moving and co-ordinating events for our blessing and benefit and many times, we are unaware of the hand of God moving on our behalf.

My heart is crying out, “Yes Lord! I will walk in the ways of your Law, I will obey your Word, and I will live in the perfect will you have planned for me.  It may be hard to find the way sometimes but as I keep your Word in front of me, you will shine light upon the path you want me to take.  In every circumstance of my life, it is your desire that I am successful.”

It is as if God is rolling out the red carpet for us – the Highway of Holiness…

If we choose to walk the bloodstained path, He will teach us to see life from a higher perspective.

Will you walk with me and allow Him to constrain you, to yield to His hand that is leveling out the way before us as we walk our journey together?

Will you wait for Him to complete the necessary work He needs to do in you in order to present you as perfect and spotless before the Father?

As we wait, He will reveal His Name, His Renown; He will show us the greatness of His strength and power.  His glory will cover the bloodstained path we walk.

I am inclined; I am inclined to incline my ear to hear His heart.  My desires in life are being fulfilled as I make Him my greatest desire and seek His face with all my heart.

When my spirit longs for fellowship with Him each day, I need to keep a picture of the bloodstained Highway of Holiness before me.  This is where He wants and expects me to walk.

I must enter into fellowship with Him, with joy, gladness and thanksgiving. With a heart that understands and perceives that as my life aligns to the plumb line of His Word, so He makes my way level and smooth.

My soul therefore waits and hopes in the promises of God.  My Father, Abba, Papa, the One who promises to keep me in perfect peace and keep my mind steadfastly trusting in Him; He establishes peace for me.

Humbly I recognize the power of His mighty right hand at work in me.  All that I can ever hope to accomplish – He has done for me.

I wait on Him.  His Face is turned towards me and joy and pleasure are radiating from Him.  My Father loves me, desires me, is pleased with me, and is glad to be spending time with me!

Our hearts are knit in love and beat with desire for one another.  Oh Lord, You are my God.  I will exalt you and praise Your Name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.  I am your beloved and you are mine.  Your banner over us is Love.

Surely, Jesus, You do all things well.

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