Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:5-8
Let the whole world bless our God and loudly sing his praises. Our lives are in his hands, and he keeps our feet from stumbling. You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver. You captured us in your net and laid the burden of slavery on our backs. Then you put a leader over us. We went through fire and flood, but you brought us to a place of great abundance. Psalm 66:8-12
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” Psalm 91:14-16
There are four words that help us grasp what God has in mind for us as we live out our lives here on earth: Relationship (with God), Transformation (by God), Mission (for God), Glory (to God). If we look carefully at the life of Daniel and his "successful" life, we will see that all that these four words represent were in place. Like Daniel we need a full and active relationship with God through which we are transformed from the inside out on a daily basis. Our relationship with God and resulting transformation form the basis of our being used fully for the mission of touching and blessing the world with the message of salvation for the glory of God. It all begins and continues with God at the center with us caught up in him. Our faith in him and dependence on him is the thrust of the Psalms above and is the key to a life lived "successfully" for his kingdom and glory.
Lord, our prayer is simply that we might love you, know you, enjoy you, and abide in you so that we might be changed and used by you now for your kingdom and glory. We bless you, exalt you, and worship you Lord. Amen!
Posted on Sat, February 21, 2015