Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Making claims on God

Answer me quickly, LORD;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, LORD,
for I hide myself in you.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground. 
Psalm 143: 8-10

One thing that strikes me in these verses is the fact that David gives the reason for the claims he makes on God. There is a backbone that foundations his requests and a lot of time that determines the answer we get. The bible says that anyone who comes to God must believe that he is....(Hebrews 11:6), this is the most important foundation, to believe God can, God is able. Here we also see that apart from David believing God can, he also understands the advantage of coming to God for these requests. So he explains with phrases like "or I will be like those who go down to the pit", " for I have put my trust in you", "for I hide myself in you", "for you are my God", all of these explains that he has chosen God as opposed to another "source", he believes God can and why he believes so.


Why do you make your requests known to God? Is it because you believe he can or just because people tell you he can? Or is he is your next option because your plan A dint work out? Or is it just a religion thing that you have gotten used to without a revelation why?

For the most part, our good reason/foundation for asking God gives us more confidence, builds our faith when we ask and increases our hope even while we wait on God. It is impossible to receive from God without believing he can, this is the first step, to believe he can.
The next step is when we ask "will he?", a lot of times this is where we answer "I don't know/Only God knows" just like Ezekiel in the story of the dry bones(Ezekiel 37:3). When it comes to our personal lives, the answer can only be gotten when we know the will of God, but can one person know the will of God in details? It is common to know the overall will of God which we see in the bible with different scriptures such as the famous Jeremiah where he tells you his thoughts are of good to give you a future and hope(Jeremiah 29:11). So with that we know God has got our best interests in his heart but when it comes down to DETAILS, then we go crazy cause sometimes we just don't know. We just don't know if he wants us to get that particular house, or that particular car, or make that particular trip we would really like to make, these specifics we call details and if you are human like I am, not knowing these makes you worry, even though I know that worrying makes no difference to the situation. *sigh*

So what do you do then? Lately I was directed to Philippians 4: 7-8 and it starts by saying do not be anxious, in other words do not worry. But it does tell you what to do(prayer and supplication with thanksgiving) and what will happen(peace that surpasses all understanding). Like you I asked, what kind of peace is that? I got my answer; it is the type that makes you forget about those haunting details and just fully trust in the over all will of God; he loves you, he carries you in his heart, he sent his only son to die that you may be saved, he is committed to your success. But the key according to this scripture, is that this peace comes after prayer, that's the way we war, that's all we have and from this scripture and others about prayer, we should know better than to under estimate the power of prayer, the power of our battle. If you notice it doesn't tell you that after the prayer all the answers to the details you worry about come instantly, but it does promise you peace, and I believe peace is what leads you as the details come through, at least now you are sane enough to enjoy receiving your answers.

Lastly David in this psalm gives us a feeling about how sure he is that God is the best option for him, he is able to convince us that he is not suffering from the disease called double mindedness. This disease sickens our faith, our expectation from God and our hope in him, and we see in James 1:6-8, that a such a person can not receive from God. What does it mean to be double minded? In the most practical way found among Christians, it is "trusting" in God but also in ourselves. In this walk with God we need to learn to step down and allow God take the full wheel. Proverbs 3:5 tells us that God will direct us if we do NOT lean on OUR own understanding, this a lot of times is the hardest part. Like really, how do you live a life without leaning on your own understanding? The answer in this case is to either see your "wise ways" as "foolish" to God and his "foolish" ways are "wise" for you. This means to coming to a full understanding that you are NO match in any way for God and give in to the awesomeness of the wisdom of God.
 
Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness

3 comments:

  1. I love this post so much. I think one has to be so immersed in who God is to be able to lay claims. David knew.

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  2. :) he definitely knew!

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  3. How good to know God and to be able to supplicate from One that we know. He'll do better for us than we can do for ourselves!

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