Because You Matter – Psalm 104:24, 27-28

“O LORD, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures…
These all look to you,
to give them their food in due season.
When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.”

Psalm 104:24, 27-28

This psalm is filled with recounts of God’s ruling over His creation and His actions to provide for that which He has made: “You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches…The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers” (Psalm 104:10-12, 18).

In these, I then heard Jesus’ words. “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26); “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).

God carefully tends to His creation. Setting boundaries on mountains, valleys, oceans. Causing springs and rivers to flow. Bringing forth trees and plants for cultivation and provision. Firmly setting, and keeping, the earth on its axis to ensure all continues with the intricate and necessary precision He established.

It’s possible that recognizing this action in all of creation could cause us to feel very small and insignificant. After all, if God is busy with all of this, why would He bother with little things like what happens in my daily life? Who am I in comparison?

Yet Jesus uses that intentionality in the details of creation to emphasize the very personal care of God to us as individuals. As His beloved, highly valued child. If God sees and responds to the needs of one sparrow, if He is aware of that sparrow’s movements, how much more will that apply to a child whom He has brought to Himself? A child into whose heart He has poured His love through the giving of His very Spirit? “But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.”

This is the peace we can know as those who are His, those who have received Christ and, through Him, have been reconciled to God not just as subjects to a King but as children to a good and loving Father (John 1:12-13).

Whatever your day holds, whether there are cares and concerns weighing on your heart or you are overflowing with gladness, know this: you are seen; you are valued; you are greatly loved by the God of the universe who sent His Son to die on your behalf and who has committed Himself very personally to your care and your keeping “from this time forth and forevermore” (Psalm 121:8).

He will not lose sight of you. He will not forget (Isaiah 49:15-16). You will not be lost in the crowd; you cannot be. Our God is big enough and amazing enough and personal enough to see to every detail of your life, and He wants to. That’s how all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). He makes them work together for good. Because it matters. Because you matter to Him.

“I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.”

Psalm 121:1-8

Advertisements

Making the Dead Alive – Galatians 4:22-23, 28

“For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman.
But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise…
Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.”

Galatians 4:22-23,28

If those of us who are in Christ are children of promise, born again into eternal life out of the promise of God and through His decided, gracious, miraculous work, is there anything He will not do for us, for our good, for our building up and strengthening, for our being made in Christ’s likeness? If we are children of promise, born of His will and purpose and delight, is there any faithfulness or provision He would withhold or miss?

This is significant. Because it highlights that God is not passive in making us His own. He is not passive in making us alive in Him. We have been born again. Born into a new existence, a new creation, life breathed into our spiritual nature that was dead. Not sick or struggling or confused. Dead.

We don’t just see things differently. We don’t just try to live a different way because it’s healthier or nicer to others or makes sense. This isn’t some realization we finally came to or were convinced of.

This is an act of God.

Only an act of God can do this.

How often do I miss that truth?

If we see beauty in the glory of God and desire it over ourselves, it is because God acted to cause that in us. If we see wisdom and power and grace and mercy and wonder and true reality in the cross of Jesus Christ and His amazing resurrection from the dead, if we see our own sin and depravity and know He is our only hope and how astounding it is that God would send His Son to save us, if we see this and surrender in humble praise because Jesus willingly gave Himself up for our sake, choosing to save us and not Himself because there was no other way for us – if we see this, it is because God Himself spoke powerful light into our hearts and made our dead soul alive to see Him.

This is why things that seem so clear to those who have been made alive are so baffling and ridiculous to those who are still dead (1 Corinthians 1:18). The dead cannot see it. It is true that God can work through conversations and reasoned arguments, and we are commanded to be ready at all times to give reason for the hope that we have with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15). But let us never forget that the Lord must act for anyone to see Him as He is, to see salvation and the cross and even their own captivity in darkness.

This is why prayer is essential, always. That God will provide opportunities to share our hope, that He will act in power and great mercy to open their eyes, that they will not harden their hearts and neglect such a great salvation at a devastating cost.

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” 1 Timothy 2:1-6

“And you were once dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:1-10

“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’…So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:13-17

“Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart…And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord…For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:1-6

We are ambassadors of Christ, given the ministry to implore those around us to be reconciled to God and to know the hope that we have in this mighty God who is faithful and true and who saves us and seals us forever (2 Corinthians 5:20; Ephesians 1:13-14). Living this out in weakness as jars of clay to show the surpassing power and glory of God (2 Corinthians 4:7), let us always point to our Savior and Lord, rejoicing humbly at what He has done in us and believing firmly in what He is able to do in others.

Our God is mighty to save. He makes the dead come alive, exchanging a heart of stone and giving one of flesh and life in its place – He has already done this in us, and His power reaches to those who do not know Him yet. Our God does this, and may all blessing and honor and glory and power and praise be His for His mighty works done to ransom us and show us the wonder of His glory.

Great Love – 1 John 3:1

“The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world…
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God, who were born,
not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

John 1:9,12-13

“And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’”
Galatians 4:6

“See, what kind of love the Father has given to us,
that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”

1 John 3:1a

I am a child of God. Brought into relationship as a daughter, granted this amazing right not because of anything I’ve done, but solely through the sacrifice of Christ. A daughter, chosen and greatly loved. And that great love is surrounding me, always. In every step along the path. Guarding my way as I look to Him, as I wait for Him.

This is the truth I need to focus on this morning. To let seep deeply into my heart, not allowing resistance to rise against the rest found here. Because waiting is hard. Fears and anxieties enter in. But I am a child of the living God Whose power is unmatched. And His great love for each of His children characterizes every element of His timing.

Timing of revelations. Timing of growth. Timing of healing processes. Timing of circumstances and events. So much out of my control. But all of it well within His and carefully guided, guarded, by His hand in great love. Great love not just for me, but also for others effected. Because our stories intertwine and God knows how to fit all things together flawlessly.

My life is held within the sovereign grace of God. There is a balance of our free will and His sovereignty, and the nature of that balance is, I believe, one of the mysteries of God outside of our comprehension – but we can trust Him here, in the mysteries. I can trust Him in the balance. Because He has revealed His character, and that is where my trust and hope can rest on solid, immovable ground. The God who has declared Himself Abba, Father to me has revealed Himself in His Word as One who loves to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11; James 1:17). He has revealed Himself as the God who is good, righteous, holy, just, merciful, powerful, and steadfast.

Acting for those who wait for Him (Isaiah 64:4).

Intently seeking to show strong support to those who trust Him (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Pursuing me with goodness and mercy all the days of my life, each day for those who are His (Psalm 23:6).

Sowing light and joy into my path (Psalm 97:11).

Using even others’ evil intentions or my own missteps or previous bad choices for good, for salvation, for His glory (Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28).

With great love, God hears my cries – whatever they entail, however great or ordinary my concerns. Because I am His child. And I matter to Him. And in great love, He is already aware and working. With perfect wisdom and grace, seeing to every detail. Missing nothing and never leaving my side. Guarding each step of my way, our way, along this path He has lovingly orchestrated to draw us closer to Himself, heal and purify our brokenness, and reveal to us in more depth and greater clarity exactly who He is – who He has always shown Himself to be, who He will show Himself to be for us.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Psalm 103:2-5

“Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you will remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
but you are the same, and your years have no end.”
Psalm 102:25-27

I Am With You – Isaiah 41:10

“Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

This morning I want to spend some time dwelling on the promises written here, promises enough to dispel our fears in any situation:

– The presence of the Lord. He is my very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). I am not alone or forgotten. He is not unaware, because He is here.

– A personal relationship, initiated by the Lord. He is my God. Because He has chosen to be. He has chosen to pull me out of the mire (Psalm 40:1-2), out of darkness into His marvelous light, and make me His (1 Peter 2:9-10). He has chosen this out of great love – love that is steadfast and unchanging, an anchor of hope for my soul in the midst of so much that changes (Ephesians 2:4-7; Hebrews 6:17-20). He never does (Hebrews 13:8).

– Strength from the Lord. Strength poured in directly from the Almighty. Strength for each one of my days (Deuteronomy 33:25). Strength enough to face any difficulty with faith, knowing I am equipped by the Lord who trains me for the battles He knows are ahead (Psalm 18:31-34).

– Help from the Lord. He sees my need. He knows each detail. Nothing escapes the notice of our wonderfully detail-oriented God. And He will meet every one (Philippians 4:19). Each day, from the moment of our conception through the end of our lives here, the Lord who is our God sees our need and provides help in every area, showing Himself faithful.

– Upheld with His righteous right hand. We are not merely helped and strengthened from a distance; we are carried (Isaiah 46:4). By the righteousness of our God, the power of His right hand. Even if we stumble, if we are His, His steadfast love will not allow us to fall completely (Psalm 94:18; Psalm 37:24). He upholds us in might and faithfulness, righteous in His dedication to those who have trusted in Him, believed in the Son of God, for salvation. Each day, in all things and all throughout eternity, we are held securely by the righteous right hand of the holy, almighty God Himself (John 10:27-29). The God who is ours. The God who assures us, “Do not fear, my beloved and chosen child, for you are mine, and I am yours.”

The Greatness of Our God – 2 Samuel 6:2

“And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale-judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the LORD of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim.”
2 Samuel 6:2

The narrator’s description in this verse strongly emphasizes the greatness of this God and the holiness of the ark of His covenant.

This God is not small, and His ark and His covenant are not light matters.

He is the LORD of hosts. The LORD of the living creatures, elders, and myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands of angels spoken of in Revelation 5:11-12, worshiping the Lamb.

He is enthroned on the cherubim. He reigns over all as the Most High, far above every authority and power and dominion in heaven and on earth and under the earth. None other even comes close to His great power and sovereignty.

This is the God spoken of here.

And this is the God of whom the psalmist so personally writes:
“Who is the man who fears the LORD?
Him will He instruct in the way that he should choose.
His soul shall abide in well-being,
and his offspring shall inherit the land.
The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear Him,
and He makes known to them His covenant.” Psalm 25:12-14

This is the God whose new covenant was established through the blood of His beloved Son as Jesus took on the wrath of God for us, for all who do not reject this great sacrifice, this great gift of freedom and salvation that can be purchased no other way. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life…Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:16, 36).

For those who trust in Jesus, the Lamb of God, and surrender to Him as Lord, this is the new covenant declared:

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Jeremiah 31:31-34

“And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.”
Jeremiah 32:38-41

“Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Matthew 26:26-28

The LORD of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim is He who gave His Son for our sakes and who draws us to Himself. He desires our freedom, our healing, our restoration to Him in relationship. A relationship characterized by personal closeness and rejoicing in doing good to us as beloved children. A relationship established not out of any need that God has, but out of mercy because of great love for us (Ephesians 2:4-7). He is the living God whose faithfulness is great and everlasting, who cannot lie, who will never change, and who will never forsake His own.

This is our God, the God who came to earth to save us and who fights for us. Nothing is impossible for Him and nothing can stop His purposes from being accomplished or His goodness from pouring out over our lives as we follow Him.

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”
Hebrews 12:28-29

“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep,
by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will,
working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Hebrews 13:20-21

“Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.

The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD, over many waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth
and strips the forests bare,
and in His temple all cry, ‘Glory!’

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
May the LORD give strength to His people!
May the LORD bless His people with peace!”
Psalm 29

Refusing to Listen – Jeremiah 16:10-12

“And when you tell this people all these words, and they say to you, ‘Why has the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? What is our iniquity? What is the sin that we have committed against the LORD our God?’ then you shall say to them: ‘Because your fathers have forsaken me, declares the LORD, and have gone after other gods and have served and worshiped them, and have forsaken me and have not kept my law, and because you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, every one of you follows his stubborn, evil will, refusing to listen to me.’”
Jeremiah 16:10-12

Two things strike me as I read these verses. First, the blindness of unbelievers to their own sin. That they can be steeped in it and yet not able to comprehend how God could possibly hold anything against them. And how very reflective that is of our culture, where so many are entirely blinded to their sins against a just, holy, righteous God who sent His Son to redeem them in mercy at great cost to Himself, if they will only see and believe and turn to Him. This state of unbelievers should break our hearts and drive us to our knees in prayers characterized by humility, grace, and love.

The second aspect that stands out is the one I want to focus on today. The fathers of those who questioned the Lord had turned against Him to other (false and lifeless) gods. Yet the sin of these people was stated as worse. And that sin? Following their own “stubborn, evil will, refusing to listen” to the Lord. Refusing to listen. This is what the Lord highlights in this passage as grievous. A very serious offense.

And that’s convicting to process.

Oh, may we never be in this camp. Those refusing to listen to the Lord and instead following their own stubborn, evil will. Because a will stubbornly set on one’s own course in refusal to listen to the God of wisdom and love and grace and all authority is a will that is evil.

Strong words. But to refuse to listen to the Lord – whether a disregard of how His Word commands us to act, speak, and live or a silencing of the movement of His Spirit in our hearts when we know He is leading us to a certain path or conversation – this refusal places us on dark, dangerous ground. Ground that makes us very, very vulnerable to other temptations to sin. Because we are choosing to silence the voice of God within us as we set ourselves above Him.

Let us not take this lightly. It is true that if we have chosen to believe and trust in Christ for salvation, repenting of our sin and being made alive in Him, we cannot lose that, because “God will not let us lose Him.” That phrase is one my brother once wrote, and I love the hope in it, grounded in John 10:28-29. But assurance of salvation does not free us to then go our own way. It frees us to walk joyfully in the path of light and beauty, the path of righteous obedience down which God will lead us.

May we determine to be those who declare with the Promised One of whom Isaiah wrote, “The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward…the Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame” (Isaiah 50:5, 7).

The Lord’s commands, the way He outlines us to live and give of ourselves in humility and grace, the directions He may lead us in this life, and how He calls us to respond to trial and offenses against us can be very difficult to hear and obey in faith.

But oh, let us trust Him here. Let us trust that His way is not just life, but life abundant. His way is joy. His way is peace. We will not find those elsewhere. Only in Him. Only by opening ourselves up to hear Him, receive His Word, and follow faithfully. He will not let us down. We will not be put to shame. Because we are not alone here.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8

“Seek the LORD while He may be found;
call upon Him while He is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.
For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways, declares the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:6-9

Trading Anxiety for Joy – 1 Samuel 26:8-11

“Then said Abishai to David, ‘God has given your enemy into your hand this day. Now please let me pin him to the earth with one stroke of the spear, and I will not strike him twice.’ But David said to Abishai, ‘Do not destroy him, for who can put out his hand against the LORD’s anointed and be guiltless?’ And David said, ‘As the LORD lives, the LORD will strike him, or his day will come to die, or he will go down into battle and perish. The LORD forbid that I should put out my hand against the LORD’s anointed. But take now the spear that is at his head and the jar of water, and let us go.’”
1 Samuel 26:8-11

Reading through this passage, I was struck by David’s faith in the Lord’s timing of events and His faithfulness to fulfill His word as He chooses. David knew he would be king one day. But we see here that he was not going to forcibly take the throne; doing so would require killing the man first anointed to be king, and David honored and feared the Lord too much to dare raise his hand against Saul or to order his men to do so.

I have been focusing lately on trusting the Lord’s timing and orchestration. Sometimes more successfully than others. This morning is one of the more difficult times to fully release the details and rest in His sovereign grace, which clearly God knew when He led me to this chapter in 1 Samuel. To show me David’s faith and remind me of His faithfulness to accomplish His plan in David’s life, and also to highlight how God was glorified in the faith David displayed.

Because David honored the Lord, and that is clear. That’s what our faith does. So when I sit and become anxious over details I can’t control, it does not honor God. It reveals doubt. The doubt can be various things: God’s ability, His willingness, His care, His attention. I think this morning, for me, it’s fear that He will overlook the situation. And since my writing tends to be a pouring out of my heart and what God is speaking to me onto the page, I’m inviting you into this space, in hopes that as the Lord speaks to my heart, He includes pieces that speak to you as well in whatever you’re facing today. I trust that He will, because He would not lead me to write otherwise.

My thoughts are drawn to 1 Peter 5:7. Which I mentioned in my writing yesterday. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7). Verse 6 brings a crucial piece into the picture. Humbling self as we approach the Lord. Acknowledging who He is, His strength, power, wisdom, authority. And what a beautiful result Peter is compelled by the Spirit to write: “so that at the proper time he may exalt you.” We humble ourselves, not to be left wanting, but so God may lift us up at His properly, perfectly appointed time.

God cares for you, specifically. He cares for me. So we can trust Him here as we throw our anxieties away from ourselves and cast them all upon Him. He can take it. He can handle every detail, everything we can’t see coming together. He already knows it all, so none of our concerns contain things He hasn’t thought of yet. He is a detail-oriented God. From the beginning of creation to His plan of salvation, to the creation of you and the orchestration of the details and circumstances in your life, to the very way He leads you and affirms His will, all is perfectly ordered to bring Him glory and show the beauty and steadfastness of His character.

The steadfastness of His character. The perfection of His love. The personal nature of His care for each one of His own. And the wisdom and power that characterize His plans for us.

The Lord saw David. He knew every movement of His plan. He knew everything Saul would try, the efforts of all of Saul’s men and everyone else who sought to harm David or prevent the fulfillment of the Lord’s plan. David had far from an easy road, but His God was faithful in every moment and the Lord’s purposes were accomplished. His word was fulfilled.

Our God is faithful in our every moment as well. As He told the prophet Jeremiah, “I am watching over my word to perform it” (Jeremiah 1:12). God is watching over His word, aware of all that occurs. He knows every movement of His plan for your life and mine. And it will bring Him great glory. We will be able to stand with the cloud of witnesses to declare that our God is faithful and that following Him in resolute faith and throwing off every sin and hindrance is entirely worth it, because there is joy before us (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Let us pursue joy today. The joy of knowing our God is with us. The joy of knowing He is faithful. The joy of knowing we don’t have to know it all, because we are kept and our steps established by the God who has everything figured out already and who acts for those who wait for Him.

“From of old no one has heard
or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides you,
who acts for those who wait for him.”
Isaiah 64:4

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth,
to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.”
2 Chronicles 16:9a

“Walk about Zion, go around her,
number her towers,
consider well her ramparts,
go through her citadels,
that you may tell the next generation
that this is God,
our God forever and ever.
He will guide us forever.”
Psalm 48:12-14