Reading through the books of 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles you'll often find that they repeat each other with some small variances. But how lovely that we see four references in the Old Testament about God's power revealed though David.
The LORD MADE David victorious wherever he went.
Wouldn't that be amazing? Winning every battle; conquering every war. So often, I'll admit the need for control. I get consumed with self-improvement, pursuing goals, achieving dreams. But it's when I read God's word and come across verses such as this which stop me dead in my tracks.
None of what I accomplish is mine alone.
No battle I feel victorious in, did I win by myself.
How valuable it is to readjust my focus and remember that all good things in me, and in my life, are from God. He gives opportunity. He grants skill and wisdom. He plants dreams and desires along with the drive to pursue them.
Let us begin this day proclaiming His greatness in our past.
The Lord made me victorious wherever I went.
Let us step out tomorrow giving God the glory for what He will do.
The Lord will make me victorious everywhere I go.
For He alone is Our Cause for Victory!
Did you realize that one of the names of Jesus, is the WORD of God?
When the Psalmist wrote this, of course Jesus had yet to come to earth, but often the words of Old Testament prophets and anointed of God spoke inspired prophecy about Jesus without knowing it.
Look at how the disciple John describes Jesus at the beginning of his gospel.
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
All things were created through Him,
and apart from Him not one thing was created
that has been created.
The Word became flesh
and took up residence among us.
We observed His glory,
the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
John 1:1-3, 14 HCSB
Notice how Word is capitalized. It is a proper noun in this case. And John is telling us that Jesus was doing the talking at creation. Jesus was the voice of the Trinity which spoke the world into being.
His word is powerful!
His word is creative!
His word is right, trustworthy and just.
So anytime I read a verse that includes the phrase, the word of God, I realize that it can also be understood as Jesus, Himself... capitalized or not.
Jesus is powerful!
Jesus is creative!
Jesus is right, trustworthy and just.
Look at what the prophet Isaiah says...
The grass withers, the flowers fade,
but the word of our God remains forever.
It's true... Jesus remains (or lives) forever. And so it is also beautiful to realize that that the Heavens were made my Jesus, and the stars with the very breath of His mouth.
How Trustworthy and beautiful to behold our Creator... Jesus!
From beginning to end, our God is Good.
In the beginning He created the heavens and earth... and it was good.
Jesus came to give us eternal life... and it was good news.
And He spoke of the Father... reaffirming that good.
Why do you call Me good?” Jesus asked him.
“No one is good but One... God.
So why such a common word?
Why not awesome, magnificent, spectacular and such?
Because those words are from man,
Always striving, rarely content... with good.
This is the Bible's definition...
GOOD: better, best, merry, fair, prosperous,
precious, wealthy, beautiful, favour, glad,
No matter the human word, it could never
compare to the goodness of Our Eternal God.
Let us stand up for true justice.
Let us not keep quiet our faith in God.
The world is firmly established because of Him.
Let us not be ashamed to admit...
to say aloud,
"He judges the people fairly."
This is the foundation of our faith.
We do not stumble or fall;
we will not be shaken when we believe.
The world will always be proud to speak
of offenses, disagreements and trouble.
Let us offer a greater word.
Let us boast of Our Fair Judge.
How patient is our Lord!
For centuries He has waited for hardened human hearts to turn toward Him; to seek His face. I was once one of those hardened hearts. I went about my day, rarely a thought of Him... unless I needed something.
I believed in God.
I just didn't care to hang out with Him.
I mean seriously, I was busy and all.
I had my agenda, my plans, my ideas.
Or so I thought.
I have not come to a place of perfect, by any means. I still fail Him every day. But what He has shown me through trials and struggles, is that He cares less about my perfection and more about my heart's desire.
I realize now that I could never be worthy on my own. I could never overcome without His guidance and strength. And because of His salvation through grace, I now long to hear from Him. His truth is the only unshakable foundation in life. His guidance is worth waiting on.
What was I thinking all those years of self-consumption? None of it brought me true peace or contentment. Just a stubborn heart, unwilling to acknowledge that EVERY good and perfect thing is from Him.
Lord God, You are my Saving Truth.
I wait for You all day long!
from my heart...
I write as an overflow... an expression of my true love for God and with a deep desire to encourage others in their day to day lives. For we can only find peace, joy, and satisfaction when we yield to the One who yielded His life for us.