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Friday, November 9, 2007

Stand Firm

Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

How easy it is to be moved by circumstances and problems in life. We start out with great enthusiasm in our spiritual walk, and we make up our minds to walk with the Lord in all things. But then suddenly out of the blue, an unexpected problem arises. And what is the first thing we do? We panic and try to decide what to do. We rack our brains for solutions, or look to the arm of flesh. Our faith seems to go out the window. The Psalmist faced perhaps more problems than most of us. He knew what it was like to be opposed, rejected and attacked. Even his own wife turned against him and scorned him when he tried to worship the Lord in a public dance. But he learned to do something that later earned him the title, 'A Man After God's Heart.' He refused to see anything but the Lord. When problems came his way, he saw first the Lord and then the problem. What is it that moves you in your everyday experience? Is it the state of your finances, your state of health, your popularity or your security? Paul, like the Psalmist, had learned the important lesson of not being moved by circumstances. He stated that none of these things moved him. He was moved only by the Lord and by His Word. With the Lord at your right hand, you need not panic. The right hand is the place of power. Having the Lord at your right hand means that He is in control of your life. Why not set the Lord before you at all times. How? By keeping His Word before you at all times. Then when problems arise in your life, the first thing you see will be the Word. And then you can say with great boldness, "I will not be moved by what I see and I will not be moved by what I feel. I will be moved only by the Word of God!"

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