Daily D – Psalm 32:8-9
Psalm 32:8, 9
“I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with my eye on you, I will give counsel. Do not be like a horse or mule, without understanding, that must be controlled with bit and bridle or else it will not come near you.“ (CSB)
”Let me give you some good advice;
I’m looking you in the eye
and giving it to you straight:
Don’t be ornery like a horse or mule
that needs bit and bridle to stay on track.” (MSG)
True freedom comes from following God’s wise counsel. Choosing the path he lays out for us is much more effective, efficient, and enjoyable than attempting to do God’s will our way. Our way lacks his perspective and provision. Our way requires constant and necessary redirection.
True freedom is expressing fully who God designed us to be and participating in his life development program uniquely provided for our individual lives.
True freedom is aligning our hearts and minds with his. Seeing things as he sees them clarifies our vision.
True freedom is attuning our hearts and minds with his. Experiencing the emotions of his perfect love drives out the desire for any temporary feelings offered by artificial sensations that leave us as flat as last night’s uncapped soft drinks.
God-sized lives require God-directed paths.
God-sized lives seek God-guided lifestyles.
God-sized lives overflow with God-sourced goodness.
Spit the bit.
Toss the bridle.
Live in freedom by keeping in step with Jesus.
I will live a life of true freedom.
Our Father, your counsel, your path, your intention, and your purpose for my life are what I want now and forever. Empower me to live a life of true freedom as I seek your counsel, walk your way, become all you dreamed I would be, and accomplish all you set before me. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.