Lord, You stand by Your promises so that I might stand ON those promises
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Father, many, many faithful lives have gone before me–they were “pioneers who blazed the way, veterans cheering [me] on.” Because of their faithfulness, generation after generation has been blessed.
Now, it’s my turn. You have pointed out to Your people, including me, in Exodus 20:1-6, that nobody, nothing is to be God besides You; and that when I choose to obey You in this way, when I choose to love You more than absolutely ANYthing else, I have the power to influence “a thousand generations!” (20:6). My obedience to You, my seeking You first, my fear and awe of You, my delight in You can all come together by Your hand. By this promise (and if You don’t send Jesus back for a while), a thousand generations from now, someone could be thanking You that I loved You and lived my life for You every step of the way.
So, Lord, as I run this race, help me to never quit seeking YOU first–“no extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins—[Keeping my] eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race I’m in. Prompt and help [me] to study how He did it. Because He never lost sight of where He was headed–that exhilarating finish in and with You! –He could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now He’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside You.”
When I choose to follow You, Lord, I have everything I need. I get my needs taken care of by seeking Your kingdom before seeking anything else. (Matthew 6:33)
When my walk is in obedience to Your will, there is no good thing that You withhold from me. (Ps 84:11)
When I delight in You, when I find my joy, my fun, my excitement in YOU, You give me the desires of my heart—sometimes even replacing mine with Your own. (Psalm 37:4)
When I fear You with an awe and respect for Who You are, there is nothing I lack. (Ps 34:9-10)
When I am serious about and focused on following You, Lord, I can go through anything! YOU are my Shepherd and may I not want anymore, and may I never want any other Shepherd or god. I have everything I need. Thank you for Your goodness and mercy! Amen.