Complete Surrender

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~Psalm 51:8~
“Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.”

David has reached that point of completely surrendering to Christ. Oh that surrendering point is a bitter/sweet place to be. That point that you get to when all you can do is cry out to the Lord saying, “Lord please forgive me of my sins the things that I have done to give You a bad name, oh the many people I have hurt in the process. Lord I surrender.” The point of coming to complete surrender, throwing your hand in the air and saying I am done Lord take it, it is Yours now. The point that I should reach every day, not sinning to get there but completely giving it over to the Lord because He can do a better job than I could ever do. The decision to not have control anymore over my life and to decide to let him run my life was the best decision I could have ever made. There was a huge weight completely lifted off my shoulders and I felt free. Free as in no more chains strapping me to a log while I float down a river towards a waterfall getting ready to give up completely. I still remember that exact moment that I surrendered to the Lord and He saved me. I got this picture in my head of someone jumping into a dark whole and they just continue to jump and jump into the whole never dying, but each time they jump they comeback as a different person. I found it weird that I got this picture in my head but I realized that this was the Lord showing me that I would have to continue to get ride of my old self and put on Christ. VS.10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” He is the only one that is able to give me a new life, to be able to forget all the wrongs I have done and still love me through everything. He is the only one that could give me joy in the time of trials. And let me have gladness in times of sadness. I continue daily to find the joy of Christ in the people I’m with and the many smiles I see from children only the daily, only by God am I able to be blessed everyday with joyful smiles and to have people who genuinely care about me.

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Psalm 18

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~Psalm 18~
This Psalm was written right after David was delivered from the hands of his enemies and King Saul.
vs.1-3
“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worth to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.”

The Lord is my strength, The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, in whom I take refuge, my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, HE IS MY ENTIRE LIFE! Praise Him for His love and compassion because without it none of us would be here. I had to ask myself what the “horn of my salvation” meant, He is the beginning and the end, the Alfa and the Omega, He is the one who gave me salvation and He is the only one who can give it.
vs.4-6
“The cords of death encompasses me; the torrents of destruction assailed me; the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I call upon the Lord: to my God I called for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to Him reaches His ear.”

In my distress, struggling and fear He will hear me when I cry. “…my cry to Him reached His ear.” I have a hard time fathoming that all I have to do is cry out to the Lord and He will hear me. The creator of all the earth, my Father is so willing to comfort me in my times of hardship that all I have to do is say, “Father help!” its incredible.

vs. 7-19

The power that comes from our God is amazing, so powerful, so incredible that we as just simple human beings are not able to fully comprehend. Yet, with all this power He is still gentle, kind, compassionate and wants to love us with everything and He wants the same from us. God has used a huge storm to deliver David from Saul. David was quick to acknowledge that it was God that delivered him. Often times God delivers us in natural ways. Like the child that is playing on the roof, starts slipping and cries out “God save me!” just then his pants get caught on a nail and he stops. The child says, “Never mind God, that nail saved me.” Often times we are this little child. We think that they are just coincidences when we all of a sudden are saved by a “nail” when it was God that delivered us in very natural way but we fail to see it and in return fail to give Him the credit and glory He deserves.
vs.20-24
“The Lord dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and not wickedly departed from my God. For all His rules were before me, and His statutes I did not put away from me. I was blameless before Him, and I kept myself from my guilt. So the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.”
The Lord dealt with David the way He felt was necessary and with everything that David dealt with He didn’t turn His back on God. God blessed David tremendously for his faithfulness. This past week we taught the kids about Daniel and the Kings food(Daniel 1). Daniel also didn’t defile God, He rejected the kings food to stay true to God. I have to ask myself if I was given the choice to choose what would I choose. The meat wouldn’t be that hard for me because I am not a lover of meat but what if it was to choose between something that I feel I can’t live without and God. That choice has come and I chose God but what would you choose? When we stick by God and His word, we too will be blessed by God and even by the fact that we stayed true to Him should be a blessing. I look at where I am, I am in Kenya only because I chose to die to myself and stay true to Him and in return the Lord blesses me by bringing me to a place that I always dreamed about coming to and where I felt my heart drawn to.
vs.25-27
“With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless; with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous. For you save a humble people;, but the haughty eyes you bring down.”
Become all things to all men. To the merciful God becomes merciful, to the blameless man He too shows Himself blameless, to the purified He shows Himself pure, to the crooked He shows Himself tortuous. Tortuous means full of twists and turns. When you walk with God your life is one big twist and turn but it’s a joy to be along for the ride. You may have plans and a guide line to how you want to live your life then God comes and shows His way. His way is always better than ours. No matter how hard it is to let God take control is so much better than trying to do it on your own. When you try to do it on your own it can get very tiresome and almost feel lonely but when God is in control it is satisfying and none burdensome.
vs.28-30
“For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God—His way is perfect, the word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.”
He lights our paths, we are only going to go where He wants us to go and where He plans for us to go. For some of us it takes more going through the dark stuff to find the light. “…and by my God I can leap over walls.” Only by Him will you be able to leap over the walls that build up around you and block you in. He will lift you up and over. “This God-His way is perfect.” I know for me and probably for a lot of us we think our way is perfect until God comes in with His way and shows us His plan and we find out that only His plan is perfect and the right one for us. His way is perfect and correct! When we commit our ways to Him and give Him all of our plans we will be able to take refuge in Him because he worries of life will not be consuming our minds. He becomes our shield.
vs.31-34
“For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a Rock, except our God? the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deranged set me secure on the heights.
There is no other true god than God Himself. He is our rock. He gives us the strength to get through it all, He equips us for whatever He has for us. He makes our way blameless. He will make us into whatever He needs us to be we just have to be wiling to allow Him to conform, transform and move us into whatever He wants.
vs.35-45
God gave David the shield of His salvation and His right hand supported Him through it all and His gentleness made him great. he allowed David to make mistakes and made a wide place for his feet, yet David didn’t slip ONLY because of God. David pursued his enemies and overtook them ONLY because of God. God equipped him for the battles and he won ONLY because of God. ONLY BECAUSE OF GOD will we ever be able to make it through this life in one piece. David became great ONLY because of God.
vs.46-50
Again David gave credit where credit was due. David knew he didn’t do it on his own, he knew that there was NO way he could do it on his own. God delivered him from the man of violence(Saul) and for that he is going to praise the Lord among all the nations and sing His name. Because of this He gives salvation to His king, and shows steadfast love to His anointed, to David and his offspring forever. God blesses those who bless Him. Give credit where credit is due and God will bless you for it. He is the one that gives us the strength to get through each day so why not praise Him for it and thank Him for His love.