“I love You, O Jehovah, my strength.” Psalms 18:1
Truly who can make such a statement, who can declare such a thing? Is this not the will of the Lord?
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:5
After all, “And you shall love Jehovah your God with all your heart, with all your soul, exceedingly in every way.” Deuteronomy 6:5
“Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
David also declared in Psalms:
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” Psalms 51:17
How can those who truly know the Lord have such a heart? For knowing that the Lord takes care of those who are His (1 Pet. 5:7) and seeing the riches He provides for His own are without fathom (Eph. 3:8). For after all, He paid the penalty on the Cross for our sins (Rom. 4:25), for all who are willing to repent (Acts 17:30-31) and in faith believe (John 3:16) into Him as their Lord and Savior.
“Jehovah is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my Mighty God, my rock wall, in whom I will trust; He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon Jehovah, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be delivered from my enemies.” Psalms 18:2-3
For anyone who has ever experienced such a deliverance from God, understand that words can not even convey the joy that overwhelms that individual. Certainly God will do according to His will and purpose, but throughout the world there are those who have exacted deliverance that was seemingly impossible, our family included.
If God does a miracle in your life, if God answers a prayer or responds to an immediate need, is such joy spoken about to those who you regularly speak to? Is His mercy and blessing forgotten soon thereafter and carnality sinks in? Likewise, if things don’t seem to work out as our hearts have desired, do our hearts declare “have Thine way o’ Lord” or does unfaithfulness take root? Remember, trust and obey.
“Jehovah rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has given back to me. For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all His judgments were before me, and I did not put away His Statutes from me. I was also perfect before Him, and I kept myself from my iniquity. Therefore Jehovah has given back to me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.” Psalms 18:20-24
God certainly is merciful, but consider diligently your ways before Him (Heb. 11:6). If those who know the Lord are not behaving fittingly, do we sometimes miss that the problems that God is sought to help with might be chastening?
“For whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and whips every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not discipline? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days disciplined us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been exercised by it. Therefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be turned aside, but rather be healed.” Hebrews 12:6-13
How many times should Believers also consider their owns ways before their Creator?
“With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; with a perfect man You will show Yourself perfect; with the pure You will show Yourself pure; and with the crooked You will show Yourself twisted.” Psalms 18:25-26
Certainly there are times where a true Christian could get far off from serving Christ wholeheartedly (Heb. 5:12). In those times and situations, repentance and continuing on is what is needed (1 John 1:9).
“Wash yourselves, purify yourselves. Put away the evil of your doings from My eyes; stop doing evil. Learn to do good, seek justice, set straight the oppressor, judge for the orphan, plead for the widow. Come now and let us reason together, says Jehovah: Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:16-18
Let us walk accordingly (Eph. 4:1), let us do what is right in the eyes of the Lord, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2), that each of us may in confidence declare boldly:
“Jehovah lives! Blessed be my rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted!” Psalms 18:46