Charting the Course–Devotion Monday Psalm 139
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:13-18
Thoughts swirl; a never-ending whirlpool as the river of my mind rages through the canyon. Words so carefully crafted by King David, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” circle endlessly, round and round. All my days; from the moment I took shape inside my mother’s womb until the day my body is laid to rest–and beyond–are ordained (ordered, appointed, commanded, determined, or established) for me.
Like a master builder sketching out plans before one stone forms the foundation, before the ground breaks, He who builds perfectly designed me, my plan, in His book. I was not some random act or a last minute thought; He purposely crafted me, my life from beginning to end, with precision and care. No detail omitted, every cell perfectly formed, every day laid out.
Why on earth, then, do I try to change the blueprints He made of me? Why do I walk a different path when He who does not create imperfection perfectly charted my course? The swirl of thoughts tighten and form a tornado raging in my mind. Why do I continually seek my agenda, my way, and not His?
The master builder gave me free will– the free will to walk the road of my design or to seek and find His perfect way. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
I give! I’m throwing in the towel, waving the white flag, and taking the easy path that is already forged for me well in advance of my life. What an idiot, fool, self-aggrandizing human I am, who will rescue me from this body of death? What gives me cause to think I know better that He who tells the universe when to contract or expand?How can I know better that He who tells the universe when to contract or expand? Click To Tweet
I must constantly watch and pray so that I will not fall into temptation (the temptation to live life according to my plan, walk my path, and know better than The Almighty). The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41
Jesus, cause your Spirit to burn deep within me.
My mind is governed by the flesh (the earthly shell in which I live, the part of me that thinks I’m bigger than God by choosing to forge a new way) is death (pain, misery, eternal separation from God), but the mind governed by the Spirit (all things God, who breathed His breath into my lungs when I drew my first) is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
Jesus, kill my flesh. Let only your Spirit exist within me.
“For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other so that you are not to do whatever you want.” Galatians 5:17
Align my thoughts with yours, Lord. Align my way with yours.
“Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” John 3:6
Birth fresh within me your Spirit. You and only you.
He makes the “how on earth do I manage this?” pretty plain and straightforward. Do not conform to the pattern of this world (be set apart, different), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing, and perfect will (His path, His plans that He mapped out for me in His architect’s book of classic design).” Romans 12:2
You created me perfectly, fearfully and wonderfully, to seek and desire you and your way, the way you carefully crafted just for me, the path of which you were proud enough to write me into your book. Stir within me Holy Spirit, fan the flames of your fire causing me to burn brightly as you renew my mind to match my spirit.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
In the name of Jesus, I claim the power you have given me to take captive every thought and bend it to your will, your perfect will. By the renewing of my mind, I chose to walk your path today!
The Journey from here (where I am now) to there (the city with foundations whose architect and builder is God) is paved with good intentions. Still, my good intentions are no match for His perfection that He carefully crafted when He sketched my design into His book long before my form was a thought.
Surrender your way with me this week, walk the road He has designed. Share with me how he moved you. What challenges did you face? Renew your mind, and let’s walk in Him!
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