Fear of the Lord, Obedience, Joy

Psalm 112:1 NLT
Praise the LORD! How joyful are those who fear the LORD and delight in obeying his commands.

As we cannot separate reverencing the Lord from humility, we cannot separate reverencing Him from obedience and true joy. Each is woven into a solid whole. A mosaic which becomes a pristine picture. But, fragile to the point that when a piece is missing, the beauty is damaged.

Humility and Reverence

It seems to me that we cannot separate the fear of the Lord and humility. When the Lord is honestly revered, when we see Him with as much clarity that is possible, we are drawn to a deep humility. True humility cannot be manufactured any more than the fear of the Lord. Both depend on the heart that has been turned toward Him.

His invitation

Promised presence, caring peace

My soul is rested

Peace

Isaiah 26:3 NLT
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Rushing waters, rocks

Focused mind, looking to him

Calmness, perfect peace

Wandering, lonely

Separated, no longer

Shepherd’s protecting

To others, with them

Reciprocating blessings

Sensitive Living

Cup and saucer

We’re depending on God ; he’s everything we need. What’s more, our hearts brim with joy since we’ve taken for our own his holy name. Love us, God, with all you’ve got— that’s what we’re depending on. Psalm 33:20-22

bennett-cup-and-saucerAnother classic thought from Corrie ten Boom. “Look at a cup on a saucer; it has to rest on something. Yes, you could put it on a shelf or table. But, the cup was made for the saucer. It most naturally rests upon it.”

I was created by God to rest upon Him, to depend on Him alone. Nothing can take his place. He has given me his name – I was created for him as a cup and saucer set. When I choose to rest upon him, I understand his loving support and care. That is what I must depend upon.

This also clarifies what I am to do when waiting. I wait not for something to happen or something to come together. I wait for him and him alone. What he does and when he does it, is always right.

Thank you, Lord, for being the one I can rest upon. I depend on you today.

A fireplace chat

God, I love living with you; your house glows with your glory. Psalm 26:8

Cabin in snow

For me, there is nothing like a snowy evening at home. All is quiet, serene – so unlike the normal world. A fire in the fireplace, beautiful music – all refreshes my soul. I don’t need to be anyone in particular – nothing to accomplish. Just all there.

I think my Lord loves those times, too. He waits for me to settle down into his arms. We sit by the fire he has made. Everything is cared for.

Lord, thank you for your intimacy. Forgive me for flying by these invitations.

My precious resource

I love Psalm 19; it’s one of most marked psalms in my Bible. The focus on God’s Word is wonderful.

What is the Word like? (19:7–9)

How much do I appreciate the Word? (19:10, 11)

How do I apply the Word? (19:12–14)

Do I need my soul to live again? Do I need wisdom? Do I need a heart that rejoices? These are the rewards of the living Word in my heart and life. And all of the Word’s work is right, pure and sure.

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:10)

 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly… (Colossians 3:16)

 

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The Word of Christ lives
Patiently transforming me
Into His likeness

 

Lord, help me to let the Word do its work in my life. Remind me where to find my resources for every day and challenge.