“Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.” Psalms 119:24
Staying in context of the words the psalmist has already written, we learn that as he turns to think on God’s words, he also finds they counsel him and he finds a certain delight and enjoyment in learning from God. Obviously the writer didn’t have a full Bible to carry around with him and experience the joy of opening up the leather bound pages under a tree or beside a stream somewhere, but he had enough that he found delight.
And here you and I sit with the complete work of ALL 66 books of the Bible and we cast it off to the side for Netflix or Instagram. Shame on us.
I am always very personal and transparent in my blogs and this one is no different. I don’t know how to really fake it because that just isn’t me. I struggle just like the next person and I have had my fair share of hard knocks in this life. But there is something I am learning to do in this phase I am in right now; and that is to trust.
Trust? Surely as a missionary I have learned to trust, right? That’s what you are thinking. But there are different forms of it. I have learned to trust God with my finances, my housing, my day to day, and my health. I don’t take any of them for granted and I am not saying I don’t pray about those things, I do. But they are constant in my life and I’ve seen Him supply and help more times than I can even number, so by experience, I know He takes care of things in my daily life.
The trust I am learning right now is trusting in the power of God’s Word. Not just using it to soul win, but for the other things it is profitable for:
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16
I am learning to trust His Word to change my thinking, my actions and my attitude. And let me tell you, I can agree with what the psalmist says – I find delight and counsel there!
You know when you are having one of those days that weigh on your heart? Everything seems to have rushed to the forefront and you feel overwhelmed at the largeness of it all?
Usually we pick up the phone and call or message someone, right?
And, no doubt, good friends can be a great help to us during those times, but I have been experimenting with turning to God’s Word instead. I will either read It or sit and meditate on what I have read.
I have resisted, as much as possible, the urge to message someone or call someone when I feel overwhelmed. I do my best to turn to God’s Word, and guess what? I actually have found answers and comfort.
I have found that I don’t need to listen to a new podcast, read a new devotional, or weep into a grande, white chocolate mocha from Starbucks (although that sure does sound good right now)
I have found delight in the counsel of what God inspired David, Paul, Moses, Peter, John, Luke and others to write.
Tomorrow we are going to find the psalmist really down in the dumps. I love it that he is someone I can relate to in life! And I love it that I can learn from this longest chapter in the Bible on how to manage my life during this phase of furlough, empty nest, becoming a mother in law, and staring at the midway point of my life here on earth. I find delight in the fact I am learning that it is okay to trust the good old Book rather than outside elements.
It’s okay if you are up and down and all around emotionally as long as you keep coming back to the Truth and basing your actions and attitude on It.
I had a rough time doing this trusting thing yesterday. I am not going to lie, I cried by myself in the bathroom as I hid away from my children so they wouldn’t see. I laid in bed until 4 am constantly pulling my thoughts back to the Word. And I have to tell you, I am not sorry I did. The Bible proved to me that It is supernatural and can help me, even in the midnight hours.
Trust God, find delight in His Word and let it counsel you as you live your tomorrow.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Numbers 22 / Isaiah 59-60 / Psalm 106 / Luke 2