A Satisfied Soul – He is My All in All

satisfactionguaranteelogoedit-300x300Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words. (Psa 119:57)

This is Psalm of a satisfied soul!!

The best illustration is expressed by the hymn “Jesus is all the World to Me” by Will Thompson in 1904.

Jesus is all the world to me,
My life, my joy, my all;
He is my strength from day to day,
Without Him I would fall.
When I am sad, to Him I go,
No other one can cheer me so;
When I am sad, He makes me glad,
He’s my Friend.

Note the second line. This line expresses the secret to becoming a “Satisfied soul”.  Make Jesus your “all in all”.  This means that He becomes “our life, our joy, our all”.

Psalm 119:57-64 expresses the process and actions of a man or woman that has made God their all in all.  Let’s take a brief look.

A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has God as Their Declared Portion (vs57)

The word for “portion” means inheritance as in God’s giving of the inheritance to the tribes in the Promised Land.  If you remember, every tribe received their “inheritance” (portion) of land.  All but the Levites.  Thiers was a better portion. It was a close relationship and service to God!

The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance. Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them. (Deu 18:1-2)

This acceptance and declaration of God being our portion provides several important bits of help.

A foundation for fervent contentment

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Heb 13:5)

A force against fierce covetousness

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee (Psa 73:25-26)

A focus upon future crowns and not present gain

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2Ti 4:8)

A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has God as Their Defining Passion (vs58)

The word intreated means to wear by constant rubbing. So the idea is his intearting for the favor of God is constant and consistent.  David had a case of OCD for God’s presence.

Note that David was not a priest of Levite.  He was a layman.  But you say, God used him mightly.  Yes, and He will use us if we have the same heart and decision to make God our portion and passion!

A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has Chosen God as Their Desired Path (vs59-60)

Reflection on God’s Word and a considering our doings, brings repentance, or a turning (or returning) to a new or different path.

This verse also teaches us that repentance seeks no delay to get on the right path.

To delay in sin is an increase in sin.

A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has to God Demonstrated Their Persuasion (His trust and faith in Him) (vs61-62)

Though there be many problems or persecutions (bands of robbers), he will not forget God’s laws or ways or promises. These problems will not hinder nor alter his service or walk with God.

A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has Gods’ People as His Devoted  Partners (vs63)

Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. (Mal 3:16-17)

He will choose his companions not by their person -all them 

He will choose his companions by their piety – that fear the Lord

He will choose his companions by their practice – that keep thy precepts

A satisfied soul and one that has God as His Desired Pleasure (vs64)

The Psalmist seems to be saying, as I look at all your mercy, grace, power, please teach me more about you.  “My life, my joy, my all”.


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Praying With the End in Mind – Psalm 119:33-40 (pt2)

Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end (Psa 119:33)
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It seems that God in this portion of Psalm 119 is speaking to us to pray with the end in mind so that we may finish strong.  Here are the last four of the eight things we should pray for ourselves in light of “The End”

Prayer for Attention to His Word (vs37)

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.  (Psa 119:37)

The goal is that we focus upon the Word. Focus upon God’s way and will.  Without focus (careful attention to what we should be focused upon) our eyes drift to the vain.

Paul knew how to focus.

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  (Php 3:14)

Avoid looking at the wicked 

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.  (Psa 101:3)
I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?  (Job 31:1)

Always be looking into His Word

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.  (Jas 1:25)

Always be looking unto the Word

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;  (1Jn 1:1)
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  (Heb 12:2)

Prayer for Elevation of His Word (vs38)

Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. (Psa 119:38)
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.  (Job 23:12)
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  (Psa 19:9-10)

Prayer for Protection / Elimination through His Word (vs39)

Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. (Psa 119:39)

Pray we live not to bring reproach upon God and His Word, work, or Person

Prayer for Revival / Revitalization by His Word (vs37, 40)

The marks of revival

Living on His road (vs37) – in the way 

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. (Psa 119:37)

Living in His righteousness (vs40)

Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. (Psa 119:40)

Let us be in prayer with the end in mind.


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Praying with the End in Mind

EvangelhoDia15062016eTeach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. (Psa 119:33-40)

Each portion of Psalm 119 has a particular theme.  This portion of the Psalm seems to have as it’s theme as  “A Prayer with the End in Mind”.

It is important that we remember, there is an end coming; an end of the current world, an end to our lives, and an end to our opportunities to minister and serve God.  At the end, we will give an account as God’s stewards of what we did with the gifts and opportunities He gave us.

It seems to be with that thought in mind that God speaks to us through David to teach us how to pray so we may finish strong.  Here are the first four of the eight things we should pray for ourselves in light of “The End”

 

A Prayer for Education so that I may Keep learning right (vs33)

Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes

We need to as God to help us stay teachable.  How sad it is when we come across a Christian that is not teachable.  Cannot recognize how little we know and how much more God wants to teach us.  We MUST be willing to let God Change us.

Even old dogs can learn new tricks if we love the Mater enough!

If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.  (Mar 4:23-25)

A Prayer for Illumination – that I may keep seeing right (vs34)

Give me understanding,

The meaning of “understanding” is that of discernment. We need the education (teach me) as foundation NOT as a substitution for discernment.  The teaching communicates the what, the understanding gives us the why?

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Heb 5:14)

A Prayer for Coercion –  that I may go right (vs35)

Make me to go in the path of thy commandments;
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  (Mat 7:13-14)

Here is a real paradox

Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight

David asks God to make him do what he delights in!  In our spirit we want to do right, but in the flesh is hard.  (See Rom 7:14-27)

A Prayer for Inclination –  that I would be bent right (vs36)

Incline my heart unto thy testimonies
The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us: That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.  (1Ki 8:57-58)

We should pray God would help up have a “spiritual bent” for the things of God.  We ill fall in the direction we are bent!

Watch for part 2


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Bearing their names before the LORD

And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial. (Exo 28:12)
And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goetHighPriesth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually. And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goeth in before the LORD: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually. (Exo 28:29-30)

As God was giving the details for worship in the Tabernacle, He provided an illustration for those of us that have the spiritual oversight of others.

The names of the tribes of the children of Israel were to be engraved upon stones and placed strategically in two places upon the wardrobe of the high priest as he attended his duties.

Each of these places teach us an aspect of our duties. The names were to be on stones on the shoulders of the priest and over his heart.  Let’s learn the lessons.

Their names before the Lord – a picture of intercession

In each case (on the shoulders and upon the heart) it is spoken of as being taken “before the Lord” This speaks of our job of interceding for others.

There is an expectation of intercession

God expects us to pray for one another (James 5:16) especially those over whom we have responsibility.

We are sinning when we fail to pray for them

Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: (1Sa 12:23)

There is an exactness of intercession

Their names written upon the stones speaks of our need to remember them by name and by need.  It is too easy to pray blanket prayers.  “Lord, bless all my pupils…”

Their names upon his shoulders – a picture of a burden

Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial.

It is a burden of responsibility.

A load on our shoulders. A job we must be doing and for which we will be held accountable.

It is a burden to relieve.

As we have their names upon our shoulders, we are to put our shoulders to the task and load and LIFT, helping them, by prayer, to bear their load.

Their names upon our heart – a picture of compassion

Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually

Over the heart directs us to take them before the Lord in the devotion of love

Over the heart directs us to take them before the Lord with the desire for their good judgments

Over the heart directs us to take them before the Lord in a dedication continually

 

Let’s take the names of our people before the Lord often and specifically.


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How to Develop A Heart After God’s (part 3)

heart-for-GodAnd when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. (Act 13:22)

We have been discussing how to develop a heart after God’s as David had.

Pay particular attention to the phrase, “I have found David…”.

God did not GIVE David a heart after His so He could anoint him King, but rather FOUND David already had a heart after His, so He made him king!

Let us develop a right heart so God can “find us” usable in His service.

We saw in the last two posts that we needed to “Live a Cause – God” and then “Serve with Character Before God“.

Now shall we learn the third lesson from this phase of David’s young life.

A Man After God’s Heart will Live as a Man of Culture (2Sam 23:1-2)

Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.  (2Sa 23:1-2)

A man of godly culture lives a life filled with godly music – the sweet psalmist of Israel

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  (Eph 5:19)

His music will be godly in tone, words, and style.

A man of godly culture lives a life with a gracious mouth – The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue

There is nothing great or Christian about being crass or using low guttural humor.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  (Eph 4:29)
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.  (Rom 14:19)

A Man after God’s Heart will be a Man of Pleasant Companionship (1Sam 18:1-3, 1Sam 22)

All kinds of people in and out of all types of problems, troubles, and discouragements, thought him their friend.  Whether he agreed with them in their cause or even if he personally liked them was of no consequence. He conducted himself so they all felt he was their friend.

David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him. And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.  (1Sa 22:1-2)
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:  (1Th 3:12)
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.  (Pro 18:24)

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How to Develope a Heart After God’s (part 2)

heart-for-GodAnd when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. (Act 13:22)

We have been discussing how to develop a heart after God’s as David had.

Again, please note God’s testimony about David.  Pay particular attention to the phrase, “I have found David…”.

God did not GIVE David a heart after His so He could anoint him King, but rather FOUND David already had a heart after His, so He made him king!

If we wish to be used by God to the fullest, let us develop a heart for and like his so God can “find us” usable in His service.

We saw last time we needed to “Live a Cause – God”.  Now we learn the next lesson in this phase of David’s young life.


Serve with Character Before God

Perform your duties conscientiously before God

And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.  (1Sa 17:20)

And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.  (1Sa 17:22)

In both the circumstances described in the verses above, David made sure his responsibilities were fulfilled.  His job was to care for the sheep of his father. When acting upon his father’s instructions to go see about his brothers, he did not assume his dad would cover his responsibility, but instead made sure the sheep were adequately taken care for by a keeper.  When having to leave the carriage to approach the troops, he made sure it would be protected in this war zone by a keeper.

A man or woman of character, living for the cause of Christ, will make sure they work responsively.  It is important that we understand that we will all give an account to God for the jobs He gives to us.

In the case of our ministries, this means if we are assigned a task, we take ownership and make sure it is done, and done properly, and done completely.  It means if we are assigned a place of service or ministry and we are detained and will be late or Providentially hindered, we will as soon as possible inform those we answer to and do our best to make sure the job is covered adequately so the work of God does not go lacking.

Performed your duties with a heart of humility (1 Sa 17:15)

Shepherd with sheep. Nazareth Village.But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.  (1Sa 17:15)

After his job of playing music for the most powerful man in the country, he did see himself “to good” or to be “above” going back to perform the most humble of jobs and positions in his time, the caring for sheep.  In fact, David had already been anointed the next King of Isreal, and still he went back to the lowly job he knew was his.

He lived in humility.  He understood as a leader, there are times we are the boss and that there are times and places where we are NOT the boss. Even as the next king and after serving in the presence of the king, he still knew how to do the most humble job and serve with a servant’s heart.

So, to develop a heart after God’s,  Live a cause and live a life with character.


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How to Develop A Heart After God’s (part 1)

heart-for-GodAnd when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. (Act 13:22)

David may be best known among Bible readers as a man described as one after God’s own heart.  In the text below, as an old man, God describes what He did for this blessed man.

Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.  (2Sa 23:1-2)

David was a man promoted and anointed by God BECAUSE he possed a heart after God’s.

And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. (Act 13:22)

Please note God’s testimony about David.  Pay particular attention to the phrase, “I have found David…”.

God did not GIVE David a heart after His so He could anoint him King, but rather FOUND David already had a heart after His, so He made him king!

If we wish to be used by God to the fullest, let us develop a heart for and like His so God can “find us” usable in His service.

How to Develop a Heart for God; (part 1) 

Live a Cause – God!Sling

Make your cause to delight in magnifying God’s reputation (1 Sam 17:45-47)

This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; …that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.
(1Sa 17:46-47) 

In a world of nonbelievers, voices are needed to brag on God and declare His power!

Make your cause to despise the reproaching of God and His people (1 Sam 17:26)

…What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? …he should defy the armies of the living God?  (1Sa 17:26)

Let’s not bring reproach upon God and His people by what we DO in our lives.

Let’s not bring reproach upon God and His people by what we DO NOT do in our lives.

Make your cause to desire the King’s reward (1Sam 17:25)

…and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel. (1Sa 17:25)

Desire the reward of the King’s riches …the king will enrich him with great riches, 

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  (Mat 6:19-20)

Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.  (Heb 11:26)

Desire the reward of the relationship in the King’s family … will give him his daughter…

Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Gal 4:7)

Desire the reward of the special rights provided by the King  – freedom…make his father’s house free in Israel.

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  (Joh 8:36)

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.  (Rom 6:17-18)


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