Recently I have been led to study Psalm 119. I have read it before in passing through Psalms. That may sound rather shallow, and the intent is such. It is the longest Psalm in the Scriptures and to read it in one sitting does not enlighten your inner being. Taking it bit by bit and praying it gives it depth and reveals the jewels hidden within the verses.
This morning I was sitting in the presence of Abba Father reading Psalm 119. I normally ignore any electronic devices when they ping or ring during this time, however this vibrating ring had an urgency to it and I answered to find a frustrated and lost husband on the other end. He was driving to an appointment in a loan car (our car needed a service) and the navigation system was not doing what it was designed to do. He had driven in the right direction, but not taken the turn he needed to and was off course. After jumping onto Google Maps and locating his position by finding street names he was giving me, I was able guide him, even though at times he doubted I knew where he was. After staying on the phone and providing directions he was on his way and soon recognised landmarks and the building that he needed to be at. This incident made me think about how we navigate our spiritual walk. I started to ponder what devices I trust to guide me on my walk. I wondered how often I miss a turn or even a stop and end up in what seems the right direction but so far from the intended destination?
I am very good at asking for directions when I think I may be lost, but do I ask for enough guidance in my spiritual life? The feeling of being lost only happens when you are lost, when you have no idea of where you are or should be going. This made me wonder, how many of us may be lost. I am not referring to salvation but to walking in the plan that YHWH has for us. Jeremiah 29: 11 is well quoted, if you read the preceding verses there is a warning about not being deceived but seeking Him (verses 12-14). In verse 14 we are told that He shall be found and we shall be brought back. These verses require not only faith in knowing that you know where He places your feet, but to listen closely and intimately to the voice of the Set-Apart Spirit of Truth as He guides you and reveals to you the plan of the Most High. To sit daily in His presence, not surrounded by devices, man written blogs (like this) and life, but to find that quiet chair in the garden, to put aside the things of the day and to just sit and listen, worship in spirit and in truth. Revive your inner being by gathering the anointing oil so freely available from the Father’s hand. Getting your direction and bearing so that you can walk where He leads you or come back into step with Him. A year ago I wrote about our journey with Him.
When you are travelling somewhere these days satellite assisted devices guide you. The old street directories and big fold out maps are no longer referred to as points of reference and I think that mankind has lost a skill. It has however saved many arguments in the car about which way round the directory should be held. To be guided you need to know where you are going, you need to have a destination and then you need to follow the directions. Directions are of no use to the traveller if they are not followed, studied and walked. I remember when I was first diagnosed with cancer, a very dear friend told me that I had to walk in healing. To say the least this was not what I wanted to hear, I did not understand it at first but it soon became clear. The plan that is set for us is a personal one, we walk together but on different paths with the same destination and for the glory of YHWH. We need to put one foot before the other in faith and step out, just like Peter did. Our future has been written by the Creator of the all things, He is lovingly committed to us and His Son, Yeshua, paid the ultimate price so we may approach the Father. You can’t step out on your own, you don’t have to. Jeremiah 29:12 says that we will call on Him, come and pray to Him and He shall listen. In verse 13 we are encouraged to seek Him with all our hearts and that He shall be found.
Psalm 119 refers to walking and being in step with YHWH and His word:
Verse 1: Aleph Blessed are the perfect in the way, who walk in the Torah of YHWH.
Verse 3: Yes, they shall do no unrighteousness; They shall walk in His ways.
Verse 9: How would a young man cleanse his path? To guard it according to Your word?
Verse 25: My being has been clinging to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.
Verse 32: I run the way of Your commands, for You enlarge my heart.
Verse 35: Make me walk in the path of Your commands, for I have delighted in it.
Verse 59: I have thought upon my ways, and turned my feet to Your witnesses.
Verse 60: I have hurried, and did not delay to guard Your commands.
Verse 67: Before I was afflicted I myself was going astray, but now I have guarded Your word.
Verse 105: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Verse 133: Establish my footsteps by Your word, let no wickedness have rule over me.
I would encourage you to take a little time today to check where you are, to sit before your lovingly-committed Father and check in. Be revived with the outpouring of His Spirit and may He make His face to shine upon His servants and teach them His law (Verse 135).