Friday, October 7, 2016

a warrior is not delivered by his great strength: how we overcome trying situations

I look back in my Bible as I read it now, and see the parts that stuck out to me during the season I was in when I read it a year ago.
It's totally different. 
It's funny, I'm reading through the book of the Bible called Psalms.
It's full of beautiful chapters of poetry written by a king.
When I read it last time, chapter 33 had absolutely no hi-lights, underlines, or notes I had made about parts that I liked or stood out to me. 
It was completely blank around all of its words. 
But after reading it today? 
It's all marked up and noted and underlined. 
It's funny how the Lord speaks completely different things during the shifting seasons of our lives when we need it. 
I hope to share with you today, as a simple encouragement that shows just how much God wants to help you, change you, and maybe get you through a circumstance you're not necessarily "glad" about. And ultimately, to be really honest, remind myself of these truths too. 

Today, as I read Psalms 33 I couldn't help but feel the love of God, not only for myself, 
but for you as well.

Psalms 33:4 says, "For the word of the Lord is upright, and ALL His work is done in faithfulness."

in verse 13 and 15 it says this also about God:

"the Lord looks down from heaven; He sees all the children of man [that's you, that's me, it's all of us]... He who fashions [constructs, builds, makes, fabricates] the hearts of them all..."

As I read this I was overwhelmed at the thought that even in the constructing of our hearts, in the building of our very person, God was operating out of His faithfulness. 
He loves us. He made us.
 In and through His faithful nature, He formed you and I... for purpose. 

I wrote this down as a much valued truth I needed to remember for myself and hold fast to.
As I did this, I began to read the verses that followed the ones I just mentioned.

Further in Psalms 33 it says, 
(verse 16) 
"The king is not saved by his great army; 
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength."

(verses 20-22) 
"Our soul waits for the Lord;
HE is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in HIM, 
because we trust in His holy name.
Let your steadfast love, Oh Lord, be upon us, 
even as we hope in you."

Our soul waits, our heart is glad, we trust, we hope.
I felt like the Lord softly prompted my heart to remember the steps I underlined right there.
Especially when going through difficult, sometimes confusing seasons of life. 
 It's important to remember that in God's faithfulness, He made you. 
In his faithful nature, He orchestrates ALL things. A king and a warrior don't deliver themselves, but the God who formed them, loves them, and fashioned their very heart. So with that as our truth, we wait for the Lord, our hearts are glad in HIM, even when we may not be glad or happy about our situations, it's in HIM that we find joy. Therefore we trust in His name, in who He says He is-- faithful in every work, in every way, in every thing He fashions. 
In His faithful and loyal nature, our God is a good and loving Father. 
A refuge for us when we are confused, hurt, lost, or numb. 

It doesn't matter what you've done. 
There is such a love that always welcomes you in. 
A place of belonging.  
There's so much freedom when we take hold of these promises that we don't have to work for our own deliverance, or strive to make things perfect in our lives. 
There's freedom when we trust that God is who He says He is.
There's a release in our hearts, a weight off our chests, when we give up our own efforts and agenda, and fall back into the rest of allowing God to work everything out for us. 
In the mean time, during situations we don't understand, our souls will wait, our hearts will be glad, we will trust in God, and we will have hope.  
After all... every work that He does, He does in faithfulness, in loyalty, and in giving you what is ultimately best for you.