If you are like most people, you have felt inadequate and lacking in confidence at times. There have been many self-help books written to help us improve ourselves and grow in self-confidence. I have read some of these. One thing I have noticed is that they put the focus on “me.” They stress that I am the answer and solution to make things better. These books don’t give a complete answer to the problem. When we add surrendering to God, our insecurities diminish. Positive thinking and self-talk strategies go only so far for those who struggle with self-worth. These strategies can seem like good ideas that we should embrace, but only work for a while. I looked up self-talk and could agree with most everything I read. However, what I find distressing is that it is only part of the solution. Much what the world communicates today provides only part of the answer. Without the whole truth, without balancing these ideas with what God teaches in His Word, we get just half of the truth, which can lead us into believing lies.
Please take time to read these few verses. The author of Psalm 119: 137-144 writes from his personal struggles and pain. Yet, he focuses on the joy and fulfillment that God provides. The writer does not dwell on himself or his situations. He names and proclaims, with a joyful and thankful heart, the attributes, gifts and even requirements of God.
Words such as precepts and commands conjure up thoughts of rules and limitations confining and limiting our freedom and happiness. Yet the writer realizes that obedience to God’s Word brings about its own liberty. It brings freedom of spirit and eternal joy.
Each verse reflects the writer’s love and devotion to God’s Word. They reveal the fulfillment the author receives through scripture and the protection God provides through life’s situations.
My prayer is that God’s Word will fulfill the deep needs of your heart and life and that you will be able to declare God’s Glory through His Word.
“May the peace of God, that surpasses all understanding,
keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4: 7
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