The heavens declare there is a God, and how wonderful His works are, without any words. God’s law, testimony, precepts, commandment, rules, and the fear of the Lord are perfect, sure, right, pure, true, and clean. And he who is perfect forgives us from hidden faults, presumptuous sins, any sin that has dominion over us. He makes us blameless and innocent. And David ends with a beautiful prayer to God, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
The heavens, God, the sky, the sun, wise, the heart, the soul, God’s servant—me.
What a great Psalm for helping with our Romans 4 Challenge to give something up to God and replace all thoughts about it with praise to God. There are some great verses to post around or carry with you or add to a promise box to fill your mind. Verses 7-9 are especially encouraging to me in Truths to throw at the temptation to not have faith or trust in God.
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul, the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple, the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.”
Romans 7:12 “So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.”
Psalm 23:3 “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”
Exodus 25:16 “And you shall put into the ark the testimony that I shall give you.”
Psalm 78:5 “He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children,”
X2 Psalm 111:7 “The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy;”
Matthew 11:25-26 “At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.”
1 Corinthians 1:27 “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;”
2 Timothy 3:15 “and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 119:130 “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.”
Proverbs 1:4 “to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—”
Psalm 103:17-18 “But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.”
Psalm 119:4, 27 “You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently…Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.”
Psalm 12:6 “The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.”
Psalm 13:3 “Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,”
Psalm 119:142, 151, 160 “Your righteousness is righteous forever, and your law is true…But you are near, O LORD, and all your commandments are true…The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.”
These are statements of faith in God. Especially if God clearly gave you an area when you prayed yesterday about this, these are great to throw in the Enemy’s face when he comes taunting you. The example I gave yesterday has been my own, and it has been great for a day to not think about the things Louis should be doing. This morning I woke up with no voice, we had to cancel Arabic class, and Louis’ first discussion with me was that I need to rest and he will be cleaning the house, beginning, ironically with the chores I would not be able to do. I love him! (While it is not true, I am sure some of you are thinking, “That’s just you guys, so in love!” Well, let’s save my marriage for another time and I will give you another example of a seemingly impossible trust issue.)
When Davy was dying less than a week outside of the United States, I was not trusting God. Louis has shared with you how he and Pierre were praying and singing to God in hope that Davy was going to be fine. I trust that Davy’s place in Heaven is secure because he has a relationship with Jesus that many Christians should be convicted by, including myself at times. So, yes, he is unique in that. When he turned blue in front of me, I went hysterical, and began yelling and screaming at God. When he began breathing again seconds before arriving at the first hospital I was in shock. When they sent us to a different hospital because they were concerned that what it might be would not be something they could handle I was ready to die myself. When he started to cry, meaning he was finally rousing from his unconscious state, I was relieved, but did not join into the praise songs. I was mad, an immature reaction to being very terrified and not knowing how to handle that fear. So instead I was mad at God. How could He look on without care? But He knows what it is like to actually lose a child, while mine is squealing and playing in the other room with his daddy right now.
This lack of trust in God led me to helicopter about Davy for almost a month afterwards, waking him at night because I would go in and out of his room often. Even this week I had a terrible flashback when he slipped on some water and fell, I couldn’t move to him to comfort him because I froze up in fear again. But I knew that it is easy for parents to idolize their kids, for their kids to become more important than their marriage, and more important than God. So, I began this study, to focus back on God. And I focused back on my marriage, which is suffering in a new country with so much new, and being around each other all the time, and not handling the things that stress the other person out with grace, and not handling ourselves with grace.
I have worked through a lot of the lies that Satan threw at me after Davy’s hospital trip, but the one that still keeps hanging on is that I am not enough. I felt so guilty knowing that it was dehydration that put him in the hospital. I, who drink more water than anyone I know, did not keep my baby fed or hydrated. And the guilt I dealt with first, but this other lie, it just keeps digging into my soul. But God thinks I am enough, His only son also died, and it was for me. And God was right there, crying with us, in pain with us that we had to suffer in the way He suffered when Jesus was on the cross. And He has been reviving me, healing me, and, of course, He healed Davy. God did not bring us here to fail. He has a purpose for us. And He preserved Davy’s life. So, the question I had to ask myself was, (especially since my team leader said I had to answer it), “If David had died, would I still trust God?” Even for some of you, that question would be hard to answer because you all love Davy, too. But yes, I will still trust God, if David died, if the bombs fall, if we have another terrible time at the airport with cancelled flights and yelling hotel owners, I will still trust my God to lead me. Because I am lying in my bed at night asking God to search my heart, like David, and I am holding Him close so that I have no transgressions, and I am soaking up His grace, and HIS LAW IS PERFECT. This Psalm is not true only when things are going right, and it is not true only when we are perfect, too. It is true because it is true. Do you believe in God in your situation?
A question from the Romans study Louis and I are doing seems appropriate here as well:
What situation are you currently facing that requires faith in the God of resurrection and creation?
This Psalm fits perfectly with the theme from yesterday’s chapter of Romans, and also with next week’s chapter which I was reading today. I pray that God works a healing in your own lives as He has been with mine these past two months.
Tomorrow: Psalm 20 & Next Week’s Reading Plan
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