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Praise God. Daily Calls – God is growing us in obedience – and joy always comes with it.
God reminding me recently - One of my favorite verses of all time. Acts 13:22 - I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, He will do everything I want him to do. This was an amazing revelation. What made David a man after God’s own heart? Was it his good looks? Was it his advanced skills, was it his work ethic? Was it his leadership? Was it his courage, was it his Worship, his harp playing, his song writing? He will do everything I want him to do. David was a world-class obeyer. He will do everything I want him to do.
Most people don’t even think about that – they are busy trying to do what they want to do. Not asking God what He wants them to do. That’s why PiVAT before dinner – is absolutely vital in your life. It puts your heart and your mind – already pre-disposed to obey.
What was David’s secret of obeying? How did he get that way? A man after God’s own heart. He gives the secret in Psalm 199:112 – I have inclined my heart to obey your decrees to the very end. Inclined – to lean toward, have a propension (a bent of mind, natural tendency) Pre-Disposed – set in order, arranged, beforehand. David set his heart to obey before he ever had to. He predisposed his heart to obedience. That’s How He became an obeyer. David filled his heart with God’s Word – which is how he inclined his heart!
That’s Why PRISM is so important. It will give you a love for God’s Word. PRISM Out Loud – will fill your heart with faith. It will predispose your heart to obey. It will change you completely, your desires, your loves, your first reactions, your responses, your wisdom, your understanding, your knowledge of the best way to do things. When you love God’s Truth and His Wisdom, His promise and His instruction for blessing – and you incline your heart to obey – obeying becomes easier. It’s a given, already set in motion, you wouldn’t consider doing otherwise. So you always walk in blessing. God’s goodness has no restriction. His favor can rest on you. Just like David.
So what was David’s secret - to incline his heart? David understood the power of declaration. He didn’t just read God’s Word – He declared it, and the things in it. Psalms reveals David’s pattern - to have a heart like David – so we can become a man after God’s own heart. Here was His pattern: David always declared three things. Who God Is, What God Does, and what he will do in response. Psalms is full of it!
.1) David Declared Who God is (His Nature, His Character, His Power and His Authority). .2) David Declared What God Does (Past, Present, Future) What He did in the past – for others and for him - what He is doing right now – and what He will do in the future – everything that He has promised) .3) David always declared what he will do in response – always committing himself to obey all the days of his life – with His mouth. What He has done since his youth, what he is doing right now, and what he will do for the rest of his life.
The power of declaration. It will fill your heart with faith, it will incline your heart to obey, and it will set the course of your life in every good thing God desires for you. Declare: To make known, to tell explicitly, to free from obscurity, to make plan, to show to the eye or the understanding, to publish, to proclaim, to assert or affirm, to decide in favor of. Proclaim: to declare with honor, to utter openly, to make public. David was always declaring who God is, What God does and did, and what David has always done and will do. It was how he inclined his heart to obey. And the LORD established him – by the word of his mouth!
Who God is: My whole being will exclaim, “Who is like you, O LORD?” How awesome is the LORD Most High, the great King over all the earth. Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise. He is to be feared above all gods. The Mighty One, God, The LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. Proclaim the power of God whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies. You are awesome O God, in your sanctuary. Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things. Who, O God is like you?
What God Does: How great is your goodness that you have stored up for those who fear you. Who is the man who fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him. But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my heard. You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their new wine and grain abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace for you O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
What David will do in response: I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your Name is good. I desire to do your will O LORD, your law is in my heart. I am still confident of this, I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times. Your statutes are my delight, they are my counselors. I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. For I delight in your commands because I love them. As for me I will always have hope, I will praise you more and more, my mouth will tell of your righteousness and your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. I will always obey your Word for ever and ever.
This is the power of declaration. It fills your heart with faith, it inclines your heart to obey, it will establish you as a man or woman after God’s own heart - just like it established David. Praying for you. That you will learn the power of declaration. That you will always Praise and Declare like David did: Who God Is, What He Has Done – for others and you, and what you will do in response – all the days of your life. Praying that you will fill your heart with faith - that you will incline it to obey, that God can pour out his blessing on you – so that everything that He has purposed for you to do – you will do.
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