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September 2016 Devotion

All Of My Ways

 

The bass guitar is a wonderful instrument.  It is rather simple to learn; yet, its true rhythm is more emotional than intellectual.  You have to “feel” this instrument – not just follow notes or chords on a page.  When we listen to an expert, such as Marcus Miller, we hear the instrument become animated.

 

         “all my ways are known to you.”  (Psalm 119:168, NIV)

 

Although our lives may seem very complex to us, they are extremely simple in contrast to the created universe.  As in the example of the bass guitar, we can intellectually grasp that God understands all of our ways.  However, our emotions struggle with this connection.  Through discipleship, we learn to let the Holy Spirit lead our lives rather than allowing our own twisted egos to have free reign.  This principle is the limiting issue to our spiritual maturity.  We may love the Lord dearly, want everything He has for us, and desire that our lives are pleasing to Him, but still rebel against His leadership.

 

         “The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.””  (Mark 14:38, NIV)

 

As the psalmist began his long song, he desired spiritual maturity.  Through the verses, we have seen his perseverance through incredible suffering.  He recognized that God allowed the difficulties to strengthen his dependence and devotion.   Most amazingly, the song ends with a cry for more.

 

         “May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous. May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight. Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me. I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.”  (Psalm 119:171-176, NIV)

 

Holy Spirit, may we allow You to do Your work in our lives.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen!

Rev. Dr. Judy Baumgartner