February 10, 2020
A Perfect Encouragement !
In Psalm 18, David penned two closely
related truths we need to carefully
examine and closely follow.
First, David write, "As for God, his way
is perfect" (Psalm 18:30). Second, "It
is God who...maketh my way perfect"
(18:32). Here David was praising God
that His way was perfect and He was
making David's way perfect. What a
David is not claiming God made him
sinlessly perfect, or no longer capable
of disobedience and sin in this life.
Rather, he is telling us that despite
all our imperfections that challenge us
daily, we can walk in a perfect path -
one personally planned by perfect divine
wisdom and guided by perfect divine love
- in this very imperfect world. How?
in perfect submission to our
perfect Guide! By simply being broken,
humble, teachable, workable, and
leadable in our personal relationship
with our Good Shepherd. By trusting His
wisdom more than our reason (Proverbs
3:5-6). By understanding His provision,
protection, and peace are always ours
when we follow His plan. Any born-again
Christian, from the weakest to the
strongest, can live this mature,
Christlike life, if we will.
Living David's "perfect way" involves
seeking God's presence often, filling
our hearts with His Word daily, pouring
our hearts out to Him in prayer,
thanking and praising Him regularly,
leaning on His Spirit's inner witness,
and living in God's peace. Then, when
those moments arise, as they often do,
in which our desires conflict with God's
plainly revealed will, we respond in a
"perfect way," as David did. How?
capitulate perfectly. We surrender
totally and do whatever God wants, His
way, and in His time. "Not my will, but
thine be done." "I delight to do thy
will, O my God." "Lord, I don't see how
this will work out, but 'nevertheless,
at thy Word,' I yield; I will do what
After this perfect capitulation, which
even the weakest of us can do, His
flawless way becomes our way. The
perfect path He has planned for us
becomes the path we are actually
walking. As we continue living this
perfect life, Christ can bear perfect
fruit in us and through us and we can
perfectly please His heart and honor His
my, that makes my imperfect heart
perfectly joyful and perfectly eager
today to let my perfect God "make my way
perfect"! Will you join me in His
perfect way and perfect joy?
Pursuing His perfect way,