This morning I was studying Psalm 19, particularly “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork….Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race” (Ps 19:1, 4-5).
As you see from the red font, “rejoices like a strong man to run its race” jumped out at me. That took me to “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb 12:1). I saw this Scripture in a light I’d never seen before. I’ve always looked at it as a lifetime race, but today I saw it as today’s race. I’m not to think ahead to tomorrow and wonder what I can do for Him. That’s prideful! I’m to trust He will guide my path.
As the prideful, sinful creature I am that the Lord is slowly refining, I tend to focus on the largeness of a task, and try to wrap my head around ALL that needs to be accomplished as if in that thought God expects me to handle it all. When truly what He wants from me is my obedience to what He shows me, and to put the rest in His hands.
He isn’t depending on me — He is God the Creator who is God Almighty, Sovereign Lord of all! No, He seeks my dependence upon Him! “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt 11:28-30)
The Lord sets before each of us tasks and steps to take for work for His kingdom’s purposes. I have the wonderful opportunity to come alongside brothers and sisters in Christ to help others in His kingdom. What continues to amaze me is watching some of the pieces coming together, and hearing how others who are bringing their talents and treasures to this project are being blessed by their ability to bless others. It’s hard to put into words, but it is a beautiful unfolding of His majesty.
Today, the Lord has peeled back another layer for me to be in awe of His power, might, majesty, love, and tender care He has for us all. I have a deeper understanding of, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)
This project I referred to began by two of us agreeing that the needs we saw were much bigger than what we could do on our own. We prayed in agreement that we needed to depend upon the Lord, be obedient to what He showed us to do, and wait upon His results. “Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Ps 37:3-4)
This may be the first time in my life (at least that I remember) that I have come to truly understand in both my mind and heart that delighting in Him and His Word, meditating on how faithful He is, gives my heart the desire to “walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph 4:1-3).
Lord, I come before You in thanksgiving for giving me wisdom from You that allows me to understand what to do, how to walk in what You show me, and the grace that only You can give to walk in those steps. Thank You for giving me the ability to see the opportunity You created for me to walk in, and the wisdom to understand that You had already provided all that is needed. I thank You for all that I see unfolding before us, and I am amazed by the smallest details You are attending to. I pray all of this in gratitude in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
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