Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
Oh my, will everything we would like to take fit into the allowed bags for this mission trip to Bolivia…for four months?! That is the big question that we will work on today! Packing for a place where you will live for awhile is like putting together a puzzle. All the pieces are spread out all around the room. You look at all that you think is important while knowing it might not make it on this trip. So decisions have to be made. What is the priority? How will everything that is a priority fit? God knows.
As I read our next passage in our continuing saga of God’s wisdom in His Word found in Psalm 119, these words pop out because of what is on my mind;
“For those who love what you reveal, everything fits…”
God’s Holy Spirit will guide us in all things, through all problems with solutions we haven’t thought of before now. He’s done it before and He’ll do it again. He is God and we are not.
Oh Lord, “I follow your directions, abide by your counsel; my life’s an open book (and suitcase) before you.”
Psalm 119, The Message
Part 21 161-168
I’ve been slandered unmercifully by the politicians,
but my awe at your words keeps me stable.
I’m ecstatic over what you say,
like one who strikes it rich.
I hate lies—can’t stand them!—
but I love what you have revealed.
Seven times each day I stop and shout praises
for the way you keep everything running right.
For those who love what you reveal, everything fits—
no stumbling around in the dark for them.
I wait expectantly for your salvation;
God, I do what you tell me.
My soul guards and keeps all your instructions—
oh, how much I love them!
I follow your directions, abide by your counsel;
my life’s an open book before you.
FROM THE HEART…
Life’s journey. We pack for it every day. What do we put in, what will we carry, what will we give away to someone in need, what do we need to sustain us, and WHO will guide our packing?
Guided by God’s Holy Spirit what we pack reveals who we are now and hope to become. The basics and essentials are found in God’s Word.
Ephesians 6, The Message
…Take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
Galatians 5, The Message
22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
23-24 Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.
25-26 Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.
These are but a few examples of what God expects us to pack into our hearts, minds and souls as we seek, believe, find and follow Him each day.
“I wait expectantly for your salvation; God, I do what you tell me.”
What a faithful Father you are! You are with us, not against us. You provide for every need. You protect us. You rescue us before we know we need rescued. You go before us, beside us and behind us. You are God and we are not. Guide our packing so that everything fits for our journey with You. I love you, Lord, with all that is in me. I’m Yours. Put Your message on my lips.
In Jesus Name, Amen