Connecting Points

Monday, October 29, 2012

Today’s Topic: Satisfied!                                                                   

Today’s Text:  Psalm 119:33-40 (ESV)
33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
35 Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
36 Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!
37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.
38 Confirm to your servant your promise, that you may be feared.
39 Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good.
40 Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!

Monday mornings are hard for me, because I typically don’t sleep all that well on Sunday night. This morning is especially difficult because in addition to the normal reason for not sleeping well, I have this nasty cough that won’t go away and keeps me awake at night. I have been voluntarily sleeping in the grandkid’s Cat in the Hat bedroom so that Denise can sleep while I toss and turn and cough and hack.

The normal reason I don’t sleep well on Sunday nights is because I’m typically reviewing my sermon in my head and wondering why I said some things and why I didn’t say others. Last night I had a huge concern that the main point of the sermon didn’t get across sufficiently. Just about the time I would find peace by surrendering it all to the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the heart of the hearer, I would cough, thus starting the thinking process all over again.

Then the Lord met me this morning with this next section of the one-hundred-nineteenth Psalm. It is the exact re-focusing of my mind and heart that I needed this morning. Here in a nutshell is what the Lord is showing me:

Surrender – It is the Lord’s way that I need, not more of my own way (vs. 33). It is His understanding of His eternal law that I long for, not more of my own laws based on my own limited understanding of life (vs. 34). It is His direction that I need and that will bring me delight, not affirmation of my own choices and decisions (vs. 35). It is for His glory that I speak forth His testimonies from a heart that is inclined towards them, rather than speaking only those things that benefit me (vs. 36). I confess that all the things of this life are worthless compared to the life you can and will give me, so I surrender them all to you (vs.37)

Supplication – With a surrendered heart, I seek my life from you and you alone. I come before you with a humble heart that recognizes my need and your provision. I specifically ask you for the following things so that my life will be pleasing to you. Teach me the way of life governed by your statutes and I will live in it(vs. 33). Give me understanding so that your law makes sense to me and I will choose it over all other options (vs. 34). Lead me and direct my life in the path you have prepared, for I will find delight in it (vs. 35). Change me by changing the inclinations of my heart so they only and always lean towards you not towards self (vs. 36). Turn me away from the worthless things of the world and show me the value of your ways (vs. 37). Confirm your promises to me, whether they be for blessing or cursing, so that in my heart I have a healthy fear of you that produces obedience to your Word (vs. 38). Give me courage to stand for you no matter what reproach it brings me from the people I live with every day, because ultimately I believe that your rules are good (vs. 39).

Satisfaction – In surrendering my way to yours, and in seeking your supply of all things necessary for life, I find complete satisfaction. I delight in the path you have chosen for me, knowing that behind all the pain of the current circumstances you are there directing every detail to bring glory to your Name and good to my life (vs. 35, 39). You are fulfilling your promise to give me life – real life – abundant life – so I long to know more and more of your precepts (vs. 40).

Suddenly being tired doesn’t matter anymore. I wonder what blessing God has planned for today that will confirm His promises to me and completely satisfy the longings of my heart? I am praying diligently for the same for you!

Pastor John

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