#170 The Power of Delight over Dread Psalm 94.19Aug 21st, 2012 | By admin | Category: The Basics (click on Article name)
I was in the car for two minutes driving from my home to my workplace, my mind full of turmoil, when I heard the tail end of a song called “The Long Way Home” by Steven Curtis Chapman.
I set out on a great adventure
The day my Father started leading me home
He said there’s gonna be some mountains to climb
And some valleys we’re gonna go through
But I had no way of knowing
Just how hard this journey could be
Cause the valleys are deeper and the mountains and steeper
Than I ever would’ve dreamed
But I know we’re gonna make it
I know we’re gonna get there soon
And I know sometimes it feels like we’re going the wrong way
It’s just a long way home
Keep on, we’re gonna make it
I know we’re gonna make it
We’re just taking the long way home
If lifted my spirits when I realized that instead of feeling like I was stuck in my old pattern of worry and going nowhere, I could dwell on the fact that He is leading me Home.
It’s not long and impossible, it’s just the long way home!
Much love in Christ,
#170 The Power of Delight over Dread Psalm 94.19
“If I should say, ‘My foot has slipped,’ Thy lovingkindness, O LORD, will hold me up.
When my anxious thoughts multiply within in, Thy consolations delight my soul.” Psalm 94:18-19
When I say my foot has slipped Even when we see ourselves wavering, and on the brink of imbalance, the LORD is faithful. Our perception and judgment about our weaknesses does not deter His desire to deliver us. Our perceptions and judgments can, however, keep us miserable.
Years ago I heard an illustration in a discourse: We can walk on a 2×6 that is on the ground, but what about when it is 20 feet above the ground. All of a sudden we can’t do it. Because we are thinking about how high we are rather than how doable it is to cross a 2×6. The same thing hold true of our spiritual life. How often are we thinking about our fall more than our walk?
The challenge when we are full of anxiety and focused on the negative is to make His consolations our delight. His consolations are the comfort we receive from the help and assistance of a Heavenly Father who cares more deeply for us than we can know. This delight can only be experienced when we cast out our own imaginations. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “Casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
The choice is simple. Focus on fear and be afraid, or focus on HIM and be delighted.