Do you realise that God has promised to be all that you need? Do you also realise that God truly is able to be all you need, meaning you don’t need people, things or a specific situation to occur in order for you to be at peace and truly content? So why is it that we tend to allow people to take the place of God in our lives? Why is it that we rely on people to give us confidence and encouragement? Why do we allow worldly standards and people’s opinions to define our worth and value for us and to predict our future? Why is it that we attempt to rely on people to fulfil our every need? God truly is all that you need and Christ really is enough!
Psalm 116:5-9 (NIV) says: ‘5 The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. 6 The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7 Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. 8 For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, 9 that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.’
This is one of my favourite quotes from the Bible and that is because it wholly and sincerely demonstrates God’s love. It shows the different qualities of our Lord and the endless displays of love, care and affection He shows us.
- Firstly, Psalm 116:5 says that God is gracious, righteous and full of compassion. Our Lord is always loving, forgiving and always doing what He is completely sure is best for us. Whilst the word ‘full’ truly emphasises the complete and unwavering nature of God’s love for us. The mistake we often make is relying on the conditional love of people, hoping to always feel loved, valued and supported by them no matter what, when the love people tend to give is wavering and circumstantial. If you rely instead on the pure unconditional love of God, you will always feel loved and valued, know the true meaning of love and be able to love others in the way God has commanded us to.
- Psalm 116:6 proceeds to say that God protects the ‘unwary’. Unwary means not being ‘cautious of possible dangers or problems’. Thus, when we’re being thoughtless and careless and making decisions without regard to God’s word, that causes us to ruin our own lives, (Proverbs 19:3 (NLT): ‘People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD.’), God will always be there to protect us and save us, even when we don’t deserve it. Understand that people can’t save us from the consequences of our own decisions and completely restore us, only God can. Also understand that only God can give us the wisdom we need to be redirected onto the path that leads to Him and the path that redirects us to the purpose God has called over our lives. Stop looking for all the answers you need from people that are also on their own journeys and perhaps are also lost themselves; instead rely alone on God’s perfect wisdom and guidance.
- Later, Psalm 116:8 says that God has delivered us from death; comforted and healed us in times of sorrow and pain; and delivered our ‘feet from stumbling’. Before I even continue, please tell me who or what on this earth is able to do all this for you? Please! Our feet stumbling can be defined as many different things, it can demonstrate falling away from God; making poor decisions that are detrimental to you; struggling financially, physically, mentally…the list goes on. Yet God, and only God, is able to deliver us from all of this! Oh, how amazing God’s love is!
- Finally, with regards to Psalm 116:9, who or what in this world can promise you eternal life and everlasting peace in heaven? Who or what on earth could promise you something so beautiful and so pure? Instead of relying on the false promises of the world that make you focus purely on wealth, selfish ambitions and temporary gains, rely solely on God’s promise over your life!
Now that I have broken down my interpretation of Psalm 116:5-9, what is my point here? My point is that we become totally dependant on God. On God’s love, on God’s word and what He says about you. Totally dependant on God’s instruction and calling over your life, and I promise you, you will know what it means to truly be at peace and content in the Lord alone.
Is life perfect? No, and it never will be. But am I at peace regardless? Yes. Why? Because I am relying on God’s declaration of His plans to give me hope and a prosperous future, and not focusing on my circumstances not being how I want them to be. Because I am choosing to believe in the worth and value God placed over my life when He made me, and not believing the lies of the devil that tell me to try and conform to worldly standards that I will never meet. Because I am relying on God to sustain me, to uplift me, to empower me, to provide for me, and to encourage me; refusing to allow anyone or anything to take God’s place on His throne in my heart and define these things for me.
Some of the lyrics from the song ‘Build My Life’ by Housefires are: ‘I will build my life upon Your love, It is a firm foundation; and I will put my trust in You alone and I will not be shaken.’ So my prayer for you is that you’re able to develop this same total dependence on God’s unwavering love for you that He has been waiting for you to have!
A scripture to remember:
Psalm 23:6 (NIV): ‘Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’
Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV): ‘The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.’