Now, not Later

“I will hurry, without delay,
    to obey your commands.”
[Psalm 119:60]

Today’s post is one where I want us to look at this verse uttered by David the Psalmist, and pray for our hearts to have the same attitude to do God’s will NOW, rather than later ‘when we’re ready’.

Let’s talk…

You see I get it.
We have the freedom to live however we please.
We have the liberty to live life to the fullest and not be bound by any limitations.
We all want to do things at a time convenient for us, and when it fits into our timetable and works well for us.

All this is perfectly understandable!
But in the midst of our freedom, we have to remember who permits it…

We have to remember the One who enables us to live this life, so freely, so easily and so fully.
And in remembering that it’s God’s grace which allows us to go about our business, day in, day out, then we too must realise that we ought to honour Him, listen to Him, and yield when He instructs us to do things.

I guess we can point out two types of commands from God; there are those which we find in His word – right there in the scripture, either telling us to do this, or not to do that.
Then there are those commands which God plants into our spirit personally. These are instructions He gives us regarding how to act, move, and behave in our daily life.
These are the things He shares with us when we’re engaging in conversation with Him – often perceived by some of us as an urge to do something (sometimes totally different from what we’re used to).

So anyway, David says in this verse,
‘I will hurry, without delay… to do Your work, God’.
He’s basically saying, ‘I’ll do it immediately Father’.
He’s saying, ‘I’ll drop whatever my plans are, and get stuck in with Yours’.
He acknowledges that the will of God takes precedence over all else.

Anyone else agree that this is BOLD?
Like, really bold, and forward.

But friend, this is definitely something to emulate.

You see, David demonstrates that he understands that we are made for God’s glory – Isaiah 43:7.
He demonstrates an understanding of the fact that his life belongs to God – Psalm 100:3. And so in knowing that he is God’s, he realises that fulfilling God’s desires should come first.

Now I want us to look at the sense of urgency in this verse…

David says he will hurry, hasten, not delay
This aspect of the verse is extremely important for us to pay attention to; the ability to not only say yes to God, but to also say, ‘I’ll get on it Right Away!’

I want us to dwell here a little, and be real with one another…
David sets the bar kinda high here, right?
I mean not only is he setting the example of obedience, but he also crosses into the timing factor – not wasting time, and not doing it when it suits him, but actually doing it diligently and in a timely manner – which essentially gives the obedience a greater sense of wholeness.

Can we pray to have this heart of obedience too?

I know immediately, you’ll probably think of all your life plans, and your personal schedule, and all the fun things you currently indulge in, and think to yourself – no thanks, I’m gonna give it time before I do what this post is saying.

But that’s exactly my point.
Many times, we have read things, heard sermons, watched videos pertaining to the things of God, and the commands and instructions of God, and even though we have felt a shaking in our spirits for us to make a change, we have resisted that change because in our opinion it just simply was not convenient.

That’s what I want us to break down today –
The attitude of not being ready, or rather, or not wanting to be ready to live by God’s word when we receive it –
And we’ll do it with a few prayers…

(With regards to the commands in the word of God):
Father help me to not spend a day longer pleasing my flesh and engaging in sinful ways which Your word has commanded me not to indulge in.
Help me to do the things You have instructed, such as sharing love, peace, joy, and bearing with those around me.
Help me to look at the things within me that are contrary to what Your word says, and rather than wait till later to deal with them, give me the courage and the respect for the authority Your word carries, to deal with them NOW.

(With regards to personal instructions from God):
Father help me to act on the things You place in my spirit, immediately.
Let me not deprive the manifestation of Your word or Your will with the stubbornness of my heart, but rather let me move according to when You say so.
Every inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Father I pray that I will not ignore it, or brush it aside, but rather I will acknowledge, honour, and fulfil the assignment, by Your grace and strength.

(In general about this topic):
Father rid me of any spirit that is lazy when it comes to doing Your work.
Take away every wrong desire to dwell longer doing things of the flesh ‘until I’m ready to change’, and place in me a burning fire that will long to do the things which please You, Right Now, and always.

All this we pray, in Jesus’ name,
Amen.

If we’re being fair, we’ll be able to admit that God doesn’t constantly demand different things from us each day, nor does He wake us up each morning with a long list of Dos and Donts.
In fact, His most important instructions to us as followers of Christ are to Love Him and Love one another.
Subsequent instructions, therefore, are simply a guide for us to know how best to get these two Great commandments right, so friend, I pray that we will listen, trust and obey God’s word when it comes, and very importantly, I Pray we will do so, on-time, in God’s time, to honour and reverence Him.

Keep the Faith, Don’t Stop Believing
God Bless you.

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