Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Exactitude of God for Everything



Psalm 19 is a free, waiting, daily dedication to and celebration of our God, and life under Him.

In this Psalm we find calibration, bliss, a contentment to abide and renewed drive for our course. The struggle in the campaign of our comings and goings, our dealings and misunderstandings, all find anchor in the words of this Psalm, which ends with some of the most maturing words in Scripture:

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

Everything we think upon, dwell upon, commiserate upon and disturb our self upon will either pass or fail this test. Everything we speak will either pass or fail this test.

The Glory of God is that, in His economy, we only have to please Him. And when we do, we pass the test of Psalm 19:14, and the entire Psalm, really, because we are then participating and rejoicing in the simplified and naturally beautiful world of God alone.

In the Psalm we are also warned about impending tendencies to fall short, to be presumptuous and to forfeit the acquittal of sin by not taking the time to hear God point it out. Our souls are restored.

We can celebrate this intimate, honest exchange with God in His loving context alone. Nowhere else will we find this precise accuracy of our condition and our potential.

All of God’s word is like Psalm 19: “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).

We completely shoot ourselves in the foot when we set it aside, treat it as liturgy or put it in the care of others to decipher for us.

A Bible on the morning table and at the bedside holds the very essence of being, the enigmas of all time revealed enough for us to carry on in confidence—even with periphery questions remaining—and to be convinced that we can do life, and love the living of it too!

Career doesn’t matter, nor house or car; prestige or position can become meaningless; commendations or awards from people, or the lack thereof, fall in esteem in contrast to the affirmation of God. Even acknowledgement, or the lack thereof, from our own parents and siblings will become impotent and unnecessary. While all of that can be nice, among other things it can also be deceptive and pride-filling. Seeking self-respect or accolades often results in more harm than good.

Oh to be free of self and worldly assaying!

Our peace can be found in the Triune Father that birthed us. He alone equips and gifts us. He alone can affirm our smallest kind word as well as our largest sacrifice.

Appreciated by the world? God is our portion. Un-appreciated by the world? God is our portion. Just Him. We require submission to Him as much when we are esteemed as when we are not.

When I read Psalm 19 I can so easily surrender the white knuckling of self and worldly striving, of worrying about appearances and controlling my right to this or that. I settle in to God’s Word for a most remarkable life with Him alone and it is well with my soul.

Oh how wonderful it is to begin there! And to keep beginning, every day, building upon the day before, holding hope and perseverance for tomorrow, with God at the helm!

Copyright Barb Harwood



“But He knows the way I take; when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

“My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside.” Job 23:10-11


1 comment:

Glenn Fuller said...

I think I need to start reading Psalm 19 everyday when I wake. g