What A Man Says
I have heard many people say that they do not believe that the Lord is real. There are also those who say that they believe in Him but then say that they never hear from Him. I also hear many Christians who continually struggle in sin and never find the healing and the breaking of the chains of sin that other Christians find. I know that for myself, I have been in each of these positions in the past and as I look at my life now and reflect back to what happened to begin to change those situations, I started to realize two major points that are both mentioned in today’s verse.
There is no doubt that the Lord seeks to make His covenant known to people. His desire is that everyone would come to know Christ. I also believe that there is no doubt that God desires to speak to His children. He seeks to have an intimate relationship with us and share who He is with us, to confide in us but we must take careful attention to what enables both of these things to happen. The Psalm says these things happen to “those who fear Him”. For many people, they may hear that and say that must be a bad translation because God is love and love casts out all fear but the truth is that this particular Hebrew word is talking about something much deeper than what we typically think of as fear. It is talking about our moral reverence of a person because we understand that person has power and authority over. When we fear the Lord we are showing that we submit to Him because we know that He has total authority and power over us and because of that understanding we submit to His direction and to His will. When we live in a state of reverent fear towards the Lord He then makes His covenant known to us and He begins to confide in us. That means that He begins to share His wisdom, His direction and His plan with us.
In addition to this, even when we believe in Him, we have work to do and it requires effort. For so many people who come to know Christ, they find that after their initial conversion and they start to move forward the old tendencies and sin start to creep back into their lives. Sometimes this brings discouragement and confusion but note the second statement that is made in the passage today, “My eyes are ever on the Lord…” The author here demonstrates that his feet are in the snare. He has been trapped by the enemy in some way and he needs a way of escape. He recognizes that he cannot do it, nor can anything else on this earth release him. “Only He”… that is the Lord, can release me from the snare, the sin, the trap of the enemy. How can this come to pass…. By keeping his eyes upon the Lord! When? Always! Never turning from Him and from His help.
If you are reading this today and you desire to know the Lord or you desire to hear from Him in your life then I want to encourage you…. come to a place of reverent fear of the Lord! Submit to Him and the King of kings and the Lord of lords. If you are reading this today and you have been caught in the enemy’s snare and cannot escape then I want to encourage you as well…. Turn your eyes back to Christ and do not take them off of Him. He is the way, the truth and the life and He will make a way where there is no way.