"Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God." Psalm 20:7
It is in God that we put our trust. He is where we find our rest. All of our hope is in Him and His promises are sure. He will never leave us or forsake us and will keep us as we abide in His love.
"As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love."
Some Trust in Chariots
While many are putting their trust in man for their deliverance, we must realize that our only hope is in the Lord our God. He is the One who dwells in the center, and all things revolve around Him and Him alone. If we will realize this, absorbing this revelation, we can then enter into a place where all that comes at us will also revolve around Him. When we have placed Him at the center of our hearts to reign on the throne of our lives, all things that we face must bow the knee to Him.
"...that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in Heaven, and of those on Earth, and of those under the Earth..." Philippians 2:10
We function from another realm entirely that transcends the systems and idolatrous thinking of this world. We will have no other gods before us. It is a sight to see how many on the planet are looking for a person, someone or something to worship, but most refuse to acknowledge the only true God. Many have been caught up in the spirit of the world, sponging in soulish hope that is no hope at all, but simply the slight of deception. Many are looking for someone to lead them because they have lost sight of the Lord.
Just as it was with the children of Israel in the desert, many cry out "if God does not come on our terms we will find something or someone to worship and offer everything to him!" (see Exodus 32:8). Of course God never comes on our terms, but does things His way - so He will hand those who rebel against Him over to delusion, giving them over to their sin, iniquity and foolishness (see Romans 1:28). Our hearts must be solidified in the secret place with the Lord. It is only there that we will find true trust, commitment and security in the Lord (see Psalm 91).
Positioned to Praise
With all the transition happening in the earth, those who are positioned in praise before God will be the ones that glow with the glory from His throne. Praise is where our victory lies (see Psalm 22:3). We need to know and experience the spiritual realities of the Kingdom of Heaven in our hearts daily. Praise brings us into such a place where we can experience the power of His love at all times.
God inhabits the praises of His people. We must be reminded of this daily in an experiential way, not just in Word. This requires us to set our hearts and minds in His direction. Our focus needs to be set upon Him, to glorify Him. As we do we will experience victory in our spirit.
Another factor to be aware of is the "noise" level in our souls. If we have a high noise level and have a hard time finding peace, our praise can be just "more noise." We should be asking the Lord to quiet the noise of our heart, anxiousness, frustrations, opinions and all the other stuff that clogs our connection with God.
Once you have pinpointed these things, offer them to the Lord, casting all of them before Him. We should divest ourselves of all concern, asking for His grace to do so. Then begin to lift our voices in praise, clapping our hands and dancing. There is a freedom in being able to worship in this way.
"The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever" Isaiah 32:17. When this is combined with a "noiseless" soul, there can be deeper experiences with the Lord where the glory of His Presence is like a thick saturation through our beings.
In all these changes going on we need to remind ourselves that nothing is too difficult for the Lord. It is His glory to come in the difficult times and bring breakthrough and blessing, which makes our faith in Him that much stronger. This is really where the rubber meets the road and our faith is tested true as gold. In this place His glory shines the brightest.
"His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, and there His power was hidden."Habakkuk 3:3-4
Brightness is the place He desires to bring His people. He wants our faces to be radiant with His Presence, peace and love. Our connection with Him is solidified as we draw near to Him with pure hearts knowing that only He has the solutions of our days. What is impossible for man is possible with God. This is His delight, to show Himself strong on behalf of His people.
Working All Things Together
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
We also must remind ourselves that God has a "no-fail" plan. We have the best plan imaginable because no matter what - all things work together for the good to them that love God and are the called according to His purposes. As long as we align ourselves with His heart and desires we cannot go wrong.
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." John 15:6-8
He is always there as our Father to see that the best comes out of every circumstance and situation. God is always reminding us of promises like these so that we can always stay in a place of faith and expectancy in what He will do. He is continually drawing us saying, "My child, come to Me and I will be your reward and meet your every need." He is not a father who would leave us. He will never leave us nor forsake us but will be with us in all places wherever we go.
Finding His Rest
"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:29
Answers will many times evade us and this is why He entreats us not to seek the answers, but to seek Him. When we find Him we find rest for our souls. As we give Him the firstfruits of our time, He will reward us with the rest that can come no other way. If peace has been lost it is only because we have lost Him. He never leaves us.
He is always right there. To find the rest that He gives the connection must be restored. When this is restored there is a continual flow of His Spirit to water the earth of our hearts. His waters tenderize us and cause us to let all concerns fall away.
"Thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'Concerning the words which you have heard - because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,' says the LORD." 2 Chronicles 34:26-27
This life is a vapor and worry will only steal the goodness of God that is available to us as His family. His rest is our inheritance and leads us to a place of faith. It is His rest that awaits us in His living room. He is always ready and willing to minister His life to us.
Worship in the Glory!John Belt