“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah” (Psalm 24:1-6).
1I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
2I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving-kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
3In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
4All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of thy mouth.
5Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord.
6Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
8The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Psalm 138
I may not live up to your expectations, but I know that if I keep trusting God that everything that I do, although flawed, will be perfected through Christ. We spend our whole life trying to reach some predetermined goal, but when will it be enough? When will we learn to accept what the Lord has given to us? He can take our imperfections, our ill-fitting roles, and make them perfect. He shapes them, through his word, as we learn to trust in his will for our lives.
More and more every day, I realize that I’m not multi-tasked. I’m easily overwhelmed with responsibilities, which leaves me even more determined to make my work perfect. Now, I know that I’ll never be able to reach perfection; but, if I’ll do my best and lay my feeble attempts to do something for the Lord on the altar; God can take my offering and make it comply with his standards of perfection.
Where I fall short in ability, the Lord will lead me through to success. When he breathes new life into my plans, I can know that nothing is impossible with God, if I’ll learn to trust him.
Perfection isn’t possible in the flesh, but as we learn to allow Jesus to direct our steps, he promises to perfect the things that concern us. It’s time to wait on the Lord until—Give God all of the praise, today.
In the week’s Lattereign we focus on schools. While this year will be very different than any other year that we have had to face, one thing remains constant. Our teachers, parents, and students need prayer. (Click on the link that follows. It will open up in a new window.) Thoughts on School Prayer