“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”Psalm 37:3-4
Psalm 37:3-4 has been the Scripture passage that God spoke to my family when He asked us to move away from our home state to live in a new land that He was calling us to. In some version verse 3 reads,
“Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” Psalms 37:3
Since arriving in this new land, just over three years ago, we have trusted in Him and we have fed on His faithfulness. As we have obeyed His directions, His statutes and His ways the Lord has set a bountiful table of His faithfulness before us. We have been drawn into safe, green pastures and His love and goodness have become the greatest desire of our hearts.
As we yield to being His delight, He in turn becomes our delight.
Psalm 37 continues,
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” Psalm 37:5-6
Many of the prophetic words in this past season have been about personal breakthrough. I believe this verse is a key to seeing that take place. “Commit your way to the Lord…” We must not commit part of our way or a portion of our life but rather all. Commit it all! Fully trust Him without holding anything back and watch the break of dawn shine forth and His vindication shine over you without any shadows.
When Jesus gave His life as a ransom for us, He gave it all. Likewise, when we gave our lives to the Lord, we gave it all. We did not commit part, we committed all.
During this last month of 2017 God is doing a sovereign work, as we yield to Him, that is bringing us into an undivided oneness. The places that our hearts have been divided and that we have been double-minded are being made whole so that we might enjoy oneness of spirit with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17 & John 17:20-23).
The white garments and royal turban that was placed on Joshua the high priest in Zechariah 3 is a beautiful illustration of the purity of heart and renewing of our minds that is even now taking place. This is crossing us over a threshold that takes us into safe, green pastures.
Today we declare with David the words from Psalm 23,
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
The Lord led me to read out of 1 Kings 18. This chapter tells the story of when the prophets of Baal challenged Elijah as to "who is God?"; Baal or the God of Elijah. They both set up offerings and then called on their Gods to send fire upon the altar.
As I recounted how Elijah made his altar impossible to be consumed by fire (by pouring water on it, putting water trenches around it, etc) I thought of all the "impossibilities" that are even now upon many of the lives of God's people. Maybe we are in a time that God will prove Himself to every false god and false prophet.
The prophets of Baal shouted to their god, they cut themselves until blood gushed out, they pounded their chests and yet their god did nothing. But Elijah drenched his offering with water and then prayed this prayer,
"O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”
Then after his prayer, fire fell and consumed his offering