Then I Will.

Read it! Psalm 61

Then I will ever sing in praise of your name and fulfill my vows day after day.

(vs. 8)

Think it through

Two weeks ago we decided to love the law. Last week we decided to obey it. Now let’s acknowledge that we can’t do either on our own.

True confession: I am bad at group projects. In school, I always wanted to be the group leader so I could do the work as it should be done (ahem, perfectionist), and get the A.

You know the old saying about how there is no “I” in “team”?  My oldest son and I tend to disagree and came up with this little saying:

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There is an “I” in team… it’s what you have to put in if you want the “A.”

 

(That’s awful, isn’t it? Aren’t you learning so many terrible things about me through this series? Well, with Jesus, I’m trying to be better.)

What I’m saying here is that I have a hard time counting on other people when it’s important… I can get control-freaky. (Here’s another funny I love: Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Control freak—now you say “Control freak who?”.) Yup, I frequently need to remind myself that God is in control.

Which is why I love the “then I will” statements I found in Psalms 4351 and 62. They’re wonderful reminders that He goes first, we go second. They’re basically words of trust, saying:

Once God does His thing, then I can…

God will do the heavy lifting here, then I will…

Sometimes, we need to wait for God to act, and the “I will” comes later.

 

Nothing worthwhile can be accomplished without God. All of the getting organized and intentional living— all of the “I will’s” in the world—are empty unless He breathes life in them.

There’s also such a tremendous sense of expectation in these Psalms that resonates in my heart. The utter belief that God will bless us abundantly! An understanding that God said He was going to do this, so He will do it, and we will declare it! (That one’s in Psalm 2).

He will, then I will.

 

Live it like you mean it

Do you, like me, get trapped into to feeling that you have to do it all on your own? Is there a scriptural promise you can claim to help you remember that He’s the one starting you down the right path?  Here are a few ideas:

  • Lord, You won’t give me any temptation I can’t bear, so I will stick to my healthy eating plan. (I Corinthians 10:13)
  • Lord, You have made plans for me, so I will not fear the future. (Jeremiah 28:11)
  • Lord, You will supply all of my spiritual needs, so I will not be lonely. (Philippians 4:19)
  • Lord, You have assured my salvation, so I will live as one saved! I will proclaim it! (Romans 6:23)

 

Wherever you feel weak, He is strong. Claim Isaiah 40:29-31! This week’s challenge is to write out your acknowledgement that the Lord is going before you and doing the heavy lifting. Write it out longhand or type it out, but take the time to acknowledge Him, and that He wants you to live a life in His blessing!

 

Lift it up

Lord, I know You have done more for me than I will see or understand this side of Heaven. You have been ahead of me, laying the groundwork. You support me now, as in my imperfection I struggle to do Your will. I claim every promise and I will lean on You. Thank you, so much, for Your love. Amen.

 

Tell Me About It

Is there a particular promise you’re claiming? Would you share it with me?  I’d love to be inspired by you!

 

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