I will praise You with my whole heart;
Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
2 I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.
4 All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord,
When they hear the words of Your mouth.
5 Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
For great is the glory of the Lord.
6 Though the Lord is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
The Holy Spirit brought this verse to my remembrance a couple of days ago and I have been leaning heavily on it ever since. I am fighting off heart sickness by refocusing on the promises contained in the Word.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
Part of the issue that has been revealed to me is that I am bordering between hope and faith. I am saving that learning for another post as the two combined will become far too long for any busy person’s attention span.
What I will share here is that I recognize that I am solely responsible for my level of faith, as well as, where I allow my focus to rest. When the circumstance starts to pull more attention than the promises your faith level becomes deficient and heart sickness can creep up like the sniffles before a cold.
When those sniffles show up what action do you take? I know for myself I am at the pharmacy grabbing the Airborn or some like product and do all I can do to prevent the advancement of any illness.
Now here is where I would love to say that I deal with the heart sickness in the same manner. How very wise I would be. Ha. Not the case. I tend to let it fester. Perhaps if I just ignore it then it will just go away. So sad because I have been taught much better than this but it is the transparent truth.
So back to my new favorite verse. I was meditating on it this evening and decided to look up the definition of the word “perfect”.
I found it to be so very powerful.
Adjective: 1. having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics, as good as it is possible to be. 2. absolute, complete
Verb: make (something) completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such condition as possible.
Now look at the synonyms…
ideal, faultless, flawless, exemplary (representing the best of its kind), best, ultimate, total, real, thorough, utter, sheer, unalloyed (reminds me of another post), improve, better, hone, refine (there is that other post again)
Our perfect God sent His perfect Son so that we could live a victorious life. Not because we are perfect but because He is and He will perfect those things that concern us if we give Him the liberty to do it.
More to come on this topic in my next post.
Be blessed and live your victory.
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