By Greg Sanders
Psalm 119:28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. 29 Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law. 30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.
The power to choose is one of the most unique gifts God has given mankind. We have the choice to choose good or choose evil. Everyday we can choose God’s ways or our own ways. The Psalmist knows that embarking on a life of faithfulness is not just about a one time choice but also about an ongoing dependence on God’s power . In other words, we need God’s power to enable us to walk on the path we choose. Each person on planet earth is free to choose the will of God or the will of self. However, the power to walk out that decision requires God’s help. That is why the Psalmist prays in verse 28 “Strengthen me according to Your word.” He knew that without supernatural help, his own will power would never be enough to accomplish his own desire and God’s design.
How can I choose faithfulness?
1. Realize that faithfulness is a choice that only you can make.
You have a choice to make. You must decide if in the middle of life most testing seasons; will you remain faithful or will you compromise. No one can make the choice for you. The context for this chapter is not one of ease and comfort, but rather a season of stress and difficulty. Your decision to be faithful must not be based on current conditions, but rather on an ongoing commitment to place God. Faithfulness always starts with a choice, it does not happen by chance
2. Realize that God’s power is the power that enables you to do His will.
God does not expect you to accomplish His will in your own power. No person who ever accomplished the will of God did so in his own strength. It was God who shut the lion’s mouth for Daniel, He directed the stone from David’s sling, He gave Peter the ability to walk on the water and Paul the ability to walk out of prison. What did proceed each of these incidents was a decision to remain faithful to God. When you make the choice to be faithful to God you are unlocking His power to flow into your life in a way that enables you to do what He has commanded.
Faithfulness starts with your choice but is enabled by His power.
Today’s Challenge: Do not believe that you can accomplish the will of God in your own power. Realize that today will give you the opportunity to choose faithfulness to God. Realize also that God will give you the power to walk out His plan.