Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hopeful Surrender

I was reading from Psalm 33 this morning and was struck by how a few of the verses closely related to my post yesterday on Want & Worry.

“The eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him.  On those who hope for His lovingkindness.” (v. 18)

“Let Thy lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.” (v. 22)

God’s eye is on the carrier of every heart that carries His Son!

As I hope—as I confidently expect God—the more I receive of Him.  Not out of my goodness, but out of my surrender.

God completely completes me!

He waits.  My choice is my act of faith.  Grace takes me to the door of choice, but cannot usher me through.

I don’t doubt that I hear God’s voice because I hopeI confidently expect Him to talk with me and I confidently expect that I will hear from Him.  I expect Him to be faithful to show up and He does
                           Glory—Hallelujah—Praise the Lord—Amen!!!

Where has He shown His faithfulness to you? 

In grief?
In provision?
By breaking strongholds?
By lifting yokes?

Expect—have hope—this same hope in every other area of your life!

Confidently expect God!

Expect His lovingkindness and you will see it!

Yes—Dear One—His eye is. on. you!

Watching, caring, directing, hearing, responding—pouring out grace in abundance so that you remain free to continually choose Him in every aspect of your life.

I have not always sought God...or wanted to seek Him.  I received less of Him in those times.  The more I have wanted, the more I have received.

The more I “hope” the more lovingkindness—whatever it may be—is mine!

Waiting for Him is hoping in Him.

How many testimonies have I heard (including my own!) of people receiving from God at their most desperate, most surrendered hour?  This is the fulfillment of verse 22!

How many others I know, passively—almost angrily—waiting (demanding) for God to come through for them.  Like He owes them something?!  When they in no way with their life acknowledge Him.  Only in words do they profess His name—but in their actions, in their heart—they profess self.

It is the sincerity of the heart of the crier that moves God to respond.  God knows the heart!  He moves according to the willingness—the choice of the heart!

His Word says so.

Surrendering may cost me everything, but I can not fathom what He has in store for me!