The Lord Delights in the Well-being of His Servants
Psalm 35:27 “May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, ‘The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.’” (NIV)
There is nothing as important to living the Christian life as making a habit of a faithful rendezvous with God in the morning hour. Without a practice of communication and meditation before we leave our room for the business of our daily activities, we miss out on God’s desire to make us special, successful, and spiritual before we enter our day. This time alone with God helps our minds focus on God’s power, that he willingly transmits into our lives to surmount and overcome the challenges we face today. There is sweetness in the morning hour born from the calmness of spirit which envelops us as we meditate and reflect on the word of God as our daily bread.
One passage that is important to me in thinking of God’s purposes and plans for all of us is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Friends, to live the holy life, we need the encouragement and nourishment of God’s loving care and guidance which is always affirmed for us during the morning hour. The world has a way of tearing us down and beating us up as we go about our day. This can be handled and overcome if we will give priority to our relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and use the quiet time in the morning hour as a powerful multiplier of our confidence, hope, and spiritual purpose throughout the day.
In Psalm 35 we find David again being pursued by King Saul and others who relish his defeat and even death, but David recalls the one great truth and advantage that those in Christ begin with each day: “The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.” Whatever comes to us or upon us during our day, we can rest in the truth that God delights in the well-being of his servant. Think about the protective purpose and plan of God for our lives, knowing with assurance that God wants the very best for us and desires our well-being as his servants. My point is that you cannot truly serve as a servant of God if you do not prepare your mind, heart, and body to do so before stepping out into the world on any given day. Preparation is crucial to maintaining the mind of the servant, and the morning hour is essential to that preparation. What a great nugget of truth to store in our purse or billfold, or commit to instant recall: “The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.”
TODAY, FATHER, I WILL PUT YOU FIRST AND SPEND TIME ALONE WITH YOU IN THE MORNING HOUR TO PREPARE MYSELF TO BE YOUR SERVANT IN ORDER TO BLESS OTHERS DURING THIS DAY. AMEN!
Source: Mike White @ Summit church of Christ