Trust in the LORD, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.
Father, I am thankful.
For before I had any clue of what life was, I was as everyone else born into this world was – struggling, and failing to meet the demands of the knowledge of good and evil. I was struggling to attain absolute good, and I was failing to absolutely avoid evil. I never realized that to do good was never something I could do absolutely and consistently, considering how sin and death entered this world and corrupted everything, down to my own constants. I was a finite creation who was brought into the bondage and oblivion associated to by way of one man’s disobedience.
I was living a life inconsistent , an existence just as stable as a dry and dead leaf being blown to and from by strong winds. I was untrustworthy, considering that the only priority I had at the time, for lack of anything else, was worship and devotion to myself above others… Again, for lack of any other sort of perspective.
Father, again I say I am thankful, for behold – Your Son, Jesus Christ, came in the perfect fullness of time. Being born as one of us and being subject to the limitations of finite creation, He was brought also into finite reasoning and strength – It is for this reason that I believe it was an intentional practice for Him to keep praying, if only to express to the Father He left in eternity that He constantly needed to be reminded of His Father’s trustworthiness, especially in the final moments of His own execution.
Christ saved me up to the uttermost, proclaiming me righteous as He Himself is righteous, that we would enjoy not only making up, but full on being reconciled with the Creator of The Universe.
Praise be to God, for our Salvation, seen in HIs only begotten Son, Jesus Christ! For we certainly have placed our trust in Him, more than anything and everything else in this world. Father, Your Holy Spirit has opened our eyes to see Your glory present in all of Creation, much so that when we do go about our business, and as we scale mountains and traverse valleys, in the lands You have allowed us to dwell in, we glory in Your name, for in all things we see that You are faithful.
Father, I am thankful.
For wherever I go, so You have proven that You are with me. And You would lead me in ways that I ought to be going as well – technically, wherever You go, there I go as well. The more that I take in the Truth of the salvation I have through Your Son Jesus Christ, the more I am established in Your infinite power and Your everlasting peace. The more I realize precisely how as Christ is, so I am in this world, the more I naturally take delight in You and all that You are, and all that You have done.
Because there it is: You have loved me and saved me so much that You have been so infused into me. Your obedience, which has separated me from sin and has saturated me in righteousness – that wasn’t necessarily what my heart desired (and in fact, I am trying to continue to keep wrapping my head around it), but You know for a fact that it was what my entire being NEEDED.
See, the way I see it is that You went a whole lot deeper than the desires of my heart – Father, You gave me a new heart with new desires.
Forgive me, Father – I know I am forgiven, but I say this for myself more than anything else – but I just seek Your and Your counsel and Your presence, for behold, You know what I am seeing before me at this very moment – Ways that are not necessarily ideal by man-made standards, ways that are not deemed favorable in the eyes of religion. Father, I know You see my ways, and all that I’m doing and what I want to do. I admit that they aren’t exactly productive or effective, or good and right – not necessarily seen as such by those in the body of Christ, but certainly by those who are still caught up in religion.
You see how I am changed by the renewing of my mind, and the changes in the short-term are certainly not as favorable as I imagined them to be. All the same, my Father, I commit all that I am doing, all that I have done, and all that I plan to do – I intentionally share this so I emphasize it more for myself, to say that I trust in You more than anything else. And Father, You know this… and I may or may not see You act, but I know You will.
Father, I am thankful.
For no matter the outcome of what ways I am taking here and now, I know for a fact, I know the Truth that proclaims that it is Your righteousness that prevails, and is going to be seen more than the positive or negative effects of what I do, today and in the days to come. Your justice will be known, and will be clear just as the sun at high noon.
I’m thankful, Father, because I can lift all my cares to You. I can lift all of my plans to You.
I’m thankful, Father – oh, I praise You, because I can go forth – I may have plans prepared down to the smallest of details and in consideration of all possible perceived contingencies, or I may be just as impulsive as the next guy… But no matter what happens I know that it’ll always be Your plans that would succeed.
So much going through my head right now, and I am just thankful that I could cast all of my cares and burdens to You. This week is all Yours, my God.
Father, I am thankful. Please bless anyone and everyone who has come to this point. Though I do not make a lot of sense, I am thankful for everyone who’s been reading, liking, and responding… Continue to minister to their hearts and minds, just as You tend to my own brain and my own feelings. Prosper my brothers and sisters, and never allow them to forget the goodness of God as expressed through Jesus Christ.
Thank You so much. In Jesus’ name, amen.