Psalm 18:31-32

Psalm 18:31-32

Psalm 18:31 “For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?”
 
There is no one else like you, O LORD, the Eternal One with no beginning or ending–all others are creatures with a finite start, each one designed to be in relation to you. You, as LORD, are the only source of unchanging goodness, unshifting stability and unending grace.
 
You are the wholly other One, different from your creatures in essence, in eternalness, in entirety. You are perfect in each part, so there is no need for change or growth, maturing or learning. You know all, you do all in completeness, you make no mistakes. You are the solid Rock of Truth, Stability and Love, totally trustable, fully faithful and completely compassionate.
 
What appears to be failure from a human perspective, is actually perfection in process. Think of the death of Christ–without this seeming defeat, there would have been no resurrection, no regeneration, no redemption. His death was one part of the perfect plan you were bringing to pass.
 
In a similar way you are at work in our lives today, bringing good to pass through the ups and downs of life. You only are our Lord, you only are the Rock, you only are to be worshiped.
 
Psalm 18:32 “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.”
 
[It is not my wisdom or effort, my talent or training nor my resources that brings effectiveness. It is you alone, Lord God, who prepares all: you are the Mighty and Wise One who pours strength into my life, who goes before and prepares situations, relationships, opportunities–and me, making a way perfect according to you.
 
Help me to run with endurance and patience the race that you have set out for me this day, looking consistently to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).
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Every day there are uncertainties before me, all of which I could worry about. But to reject worry, to actively trust in you by praising you for your help before any appears, to think the truth of who you are, of how you have laid out a perfect path for me to follow, and to find my rest in you (Ps. 62:5)–in doing these, I will fulfill the purpose you have gifted me in life: to give you glory and honor before all.
 
You, out of your eternal riches, have prepared more than I need of strength and grace, of power and wisdom, and of guidance and protection (2 Pet. 1:3-4). You are pouring them into my life whether, at the moment, I see them or not, sense them or not– and I will praise you for your goodness and graciousness now before I see them manifest in this day!]

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