Psalm 84: 4-7
Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who dwell in Your house and Your presence; they will be singing Your praises all the day long. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 5 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. Passing through the Valley of Weeping (Baca), they make it a place of springs; the early rain also fills [the pools] with blessings. 7 They go from strength to strength [increasing in victorious power]; each of them appears before God in Zion.
11 For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O Lord of hosts, blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, and that without fear or misgiving]!
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Yes…the plain fact is…blessed are those who do those things and miserably complex are the lives of those who don’t. These verses talk about going from “strength to strength (increasing in victorious power). This is God’s strength…the strength and momentum we gain by choosing His ways!
No, that doesn’t mean we won’t have trouble…we most definitely will. But…God is offering us a better way.
Some time ago, I saw this picture on FB and laughed for so many reasons!
But isn’t this also the way we feel when we are trying to get someone who is being obstinate to hear…really hear us? If they would just listen, the directions are so simple…the results…the life so much deeper and broader.
In an effort to avoid the truth, instead of listening, your obstinate one probably asks questions they already know the answers to…have been told a thousand times but…they are refusing to hear because the simple truth goes against what they are truly wanting to do.
So…the questions are fired…the walls go up. The ears are closed…again!
Don’t you sometimes want to scream, “It’s not that hard!”
I hurt for those who aren’t choosing to do life according to God’s directions. It can be compared to this little boy’s grandmother insisting on selecting something besides “Wi-Fi” to get to the goal. She is talking to someone who knows how to do it…has done it successfully and is using the phone as the designer intended. It works for him…beautifully!
She wants to use the phone, she is asking for help…for advice…but she is refusing both the help and the advice and foolishly believing (insisting) that her way of thinking is the way to reach the goal.
We all want to know the key to living an optimal life. As believers, we know our Designer…The Designer of our lives has the exact (only) keys. Maybe without even realizing it, we refuse to make quality choices, based on His direction and His will because underneath we really think our way is better. Or…we might know it isn’t better but…we just want to skip some disciplines, take what we think of as a short cut and get on down the road.
We can be headed for a path that everyone around us sees as littered with the debris of poor choices…even destructive choices. And yet…we close our ears and do it our way.
“No clicking ‘Wi-Fi’ for me…I am going to pick my own settings!”
God’s promise is…there is a better way.
Struggling with your own willfulness? Pray this prayer daily, with all sincerity. God will answer the desires of your heart and give you the strength to take the steps you know He wants you to take:
3Defeat does not come to those who trust in you, but to those who are quick to rebel against you. 4 Teach me your ways, O Lord; make them known to me. 5 Teach me to live according to your truth, for you are my God, who saves me. I always trust in you.6 Remember, O Lord, your kindness and constant love which you have shown from long ago. 7 Forgive the sins and errors of my youth. In your constant love and goodness, remember me, Lord!