You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me,
For you, O God, are my fortress.
In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me.
He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.
But as for me, I will sing about your power.
Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
A place of safety when I am in distress.
O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
For you, O God, are my refuge,
The God who shows me unfailing love.
(Psalm 59: 9-10, 15-16 NLT)
What I enjoy about this Psalm so much, is that even though David
is trapped and surrounded by his enemies, he doesn’t dwell on his
circumstances. David chose to praise GOD and sing of GOD’s love and acknowledge that GOD is the one who protects him and that he doesn't need to worry.
How often do we need to have that mindset? The famous
saying, ‘Don’t tell GOD how big your problem is, tell your problem how big your
GOD is’ is perfect for this Psalm. David was surrounded by Saul’s men and they
were waiting to kill David, David was trapped, no way out, but he didn’t focus
on that; no he focused on his GOD. He sang of the strength of HIS fortress, he
sang of the safety of GOD’s refuge, he sang of GOD’s unfailing love.
“The trials of his people will end in joy and praise. When
the night of affliction is over, they will sing of the Lord's power and mercy
in the morning. Let believers now, in assured faith and hope, praise Him for
those mercies, for which they will rejoice and praise him forever.”
(Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary)
I know it’s sometimes easier said than done, focusing on the
good instead of the bad. That’s why
Christian life consists of renewing our minds.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let
God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you
will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
(Romans 12:2 NLT)
We had so many years to learn the world’s way of doing things;
the world tells people to complain about what’s wrong instead of focusing on what isn't wrong.
our mind is a one day at a time task, it will take time and it’s something we’ll
be doing until we meet Jesus, but each day we can become better at renewing our
mind than we were the day before!
The battle begins with our mind, our mind is where thoughts of the enemy are whispered, our mind is the battlefield. We need to daily work on renewing our mind, so we can prevent the enemy from gaining a foothold. The key to renewing our mind is getting GOD's Word into us. GOD's Word is HIS way, not our way; GOD's Word tells us how we ought to think, say and do; it's the instruction manual for our walk with GOD. When we’ve allowed our mind to be renewed and transformed
into the way of GOD and not of the world, we will stand out, we will seem
different to the world.
“You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We
preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’
For God, who said, “Let there be
light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could
know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we
ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.This makes
it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not
crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by
God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to
share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our
bodies.” (2 Corinthians 4:5-9 NLT)
With our fragile and broken clay jars, the light (Jesus’
love) that is within us, will shine through the cracks of our imperfections but
illuminate the love of Jesus to those around us.
When the world is living in such darkness, the
world can’t help but be drawn to the light! We will stand out;
use the light you’ve been given to draw others
to break out of the darkness they are living in.
When we become new creations in Christ, our lives change, we
are not the same. We cannot go back to the way we were before, we have to leave
the old and renew the mind with the ways of GOD. We can’t go back to despair
and emptiness and living in a world so filled with darkness. When we are in
Christ, we will have troubles, but we must not focus on those troubles, our
focus has to be on GOD. If we stay focused on GOD we will see HIS strength, HIS
fortress, HIS mercies, HIS grace, HIS love and then those troubles will seem
less and less because of where our focus is; on the GOD who created the Heavens and the Earth, who gave us life, who sent HIS Son so that we would have life and have an abundance ~ that is where our focus needs to be.
If you'd like to know more about this topic, I found this resource
while searching the scriptures for renewing the mind on the 'Christ in You Ministries' website.