I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth. Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD. Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands (KJV).
Several nights ago, I had a dream. In the dream I needed four verses about seeking God to put on this blog. In the same dream I saw the phrase “Psalm 138.” So that’s why I selected verses about seeking God (five actually) for my last post and quoted Psalm 138 on this post. Putting God first and giving Him praise and thanksgiving are essential for developing a relationship with Him.
Getting saved is just the beginning, not the end. You must seek Him with all of your heart if you want to mature spiritually. He wants all of you. He wants all of me. Allow Him to prune you. Otherwise, you will not grow.
If we do not grow in our relationship with the Lord, we become stagnant. We will attempt to serve God in the flesh rather than lean on the Holy Spirit for guidance. I’m writing these words not only for the reader, but also for me. We need to remember that Christ is the vine; we are the branches. Without Him, we can do nothing. (See John 15: 5.)
Are you ready to move up to the next level? If you are comfortable in your relationship with the God of the universe, you are missing out. God wants to move us out of our comfort zones.
- Psalm 138 (reflectionofamightyman.wordpress.com)
- Summer in the Psalms: Psalm 138 (melodioussonnets.wordpress.com)
- St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 138 (stjoeofoblog.wordpress.com)
- Psalms 138-139 (zachscripturestudy.com)
- Psalms 133-139 (whatshotn.wordpress.com)