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Recently I came across some timely, sobering reminders for me from different parts of the bible.  Firstly, I read some wise words written by Paul in 2 Corinthians 10:18:

[For] it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

Then I happened across Psalm 118:8-9:

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

Both in their own way highlighted for me the fact that in the end, it’s what God says about me that matters – not what others say they believe about me or even what I believe about myself.  God knows my heart.  God sees and understands my motives in everything I do.  Yet, however pure they are or however mixed, God will still be there for me.  I can always, always ‘take refuge in the Lord’, fully knowing I will be protected and sheltered, but also strengthened to move on and pursue the things God has given me to do in my life.

Knowing God can be trusted and is ‘for’ me kind of gets rid of the whole idea of having to ‘commend’ myself to others, of always wondering what people think of me and what I am doing and of somehow having to convince them that I am ‘worthwhile’ and that what I produce is too.  Instead I need to put my efforts into living as God wants me to, into listening to that loving ‘Well done!’ that the Lord speaks into my spirit, into truly believing these words, whether I myself believe I have ‘done well’, either by my own standards or those of others around me.

So I don’t have to justify myself.  I don’t have to make sure everyone knows how good I am or how clever or how faithful I am.  Instead, I can relax, be at peace and leave all that up to God, who will never betray my trust.  And that’s all pretty empowering and freeing, don’t you agree?

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