“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass” Psalm 37:5
The word “commit” here literally means to “roll off or away”.
It is applied in this instance to things that are “a) round, globular or rolling, such as a wheel or dung” and “b) heavy – such as would be rolled and not carried ,ie a large stone”. (Strong’s concordance)
It is the same word that is used in Joshua 5:9
“Then the Lord said to Joshua ‘This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.’”
So when Psalm 37:5 says to “Commit your way to the Lord” it is literally saying to “roll upon Jehovah thy way”.
In the Hebrew it is not just to roll off your burdens, but to roll them off onto another, to transfer them.
When we have a burden, a fear or a difficult situation the Word of God tells us to roll it off onto the Lord.
Let us commit all our concerns to God, entrusting them to Him, our loving Heavenly Father, knowing that He is working together all things for the good for us.
It was 3am. My three year-old son, Tom, had been coughing without reprieve for 8 solid hours. The cough was deep and contained a strange rattling sound. With each cough my heart was torn. He had double pneumonia, croup, bronchitis and asthma all at once.
I had been praying, weeping, crying out to God for those 8 hours “Have mercy on my son Lord!” At 3am I left my husband at Tom’s bedside and went to “get serious” with God. I knelt down and prayed.
Immediately He said to me “No. Praise Me.”
That was the last thing I felt like doing! I was exhausted, heart-broken, anxious. But it was a definite and clear command from the Lord, so I stood up and sang :
“Oh Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God
I love the Holy Lamb of God
Oh wash me in His precious blood,
My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God!”
As I sang I saw the outline of a Man in front of me in the darkness and Tom’s coughing immediately stopped. We slept soundly the rest of the night.
One thing I have learnt is that there is power in praise.
“Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens!
Praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him all His angels;
Praise Him all His hosts!” Psalm 148:1, 2
Praise brings victory
Powerful enemies were coming against Israel (2 Chronicles 20). Jehosophat and the people didn’t know what to do. He proclaimed a fast and they cried out to God. God told them not to fear, that they would not have to even fight – the battle was His not theirs. By faith in God’s Word they sang and praised the Lord and the enemy was defeated:
“Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” 21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his[c] holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”
22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.”
This morning I was feeling discouraged and defeated myself in some of the areas my husband and I have been called to minister in. But we decided to sing. We sang that old chorus :
“Be strong and of good courage
Be not afraid neither be dismayed…
For the Lord thy God is with thee
Whereever you go…”
This afternoon I got a phone call – there has been victory in the very area I had felt discouraged over this morning! Praise the Lord!
Praise is a powerful weapon in the Christian’s arsenal.
“Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;….To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;” Psalm 149
The Holy Spirit has given me two dreams lately about the power of praise. In both dreams I have come face to face with the devil and found that they only way to stand and to defeat him is through worshipping and praising the Lord Jesus Christ. I’ve sung and asked others to sing with me, anointed songs of the blood of the Lamb and the cross – and the enemy has been bound and defeated.
I saw this actually happen a couple of weeks ago in our women’s prayer group. As we praised the Lord the anointing of the Spirit fell down upon us. His power came so strongly upon us that we could not do much at all but shake and cry. From that moment in each of the lives of those whom were present there has been victory in our lives in different areas.
Praise magnifies the Lord
“O magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34:3
When we exalt the Lord in praise He is magnified. We see Him for who He truly is – He is great, He is mighty, He is powerful. He is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. He is not some dumb idol made with man’s hands! God cannot remain small in our eyes when we praise Him. Suddenly our faith increases as we see the Lord for who He truly is and we know that NOTHING Is impossible.
Praise lifts our eyes from ourselves up to Him
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-3
When we praise the Lord we stop focusing on ourselves and our problems and focus on Him. We “set our minds on things above, not on things below” and we are lifted in faith. Truly the atmosphere of heaven is brought down to earth in praise of our Lord, we enter His presence and that is when our prayers are answered and our help comes.
Praise is a sacrifice
Praise is something we can offer to the Lord Jesus for all that He has done for us. We can never praise Him enough for Who He is and for what He has done but we can offer Him the fruit of our lips. Praise is a sacrifice of our time, of our pride, of even our own feelings and emotions.
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name….for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews 13:15, 16
Praise breaks bondages
Paul and Silas were in prison, bound and chained for the sake of the gospel. Sometimes we are too, persecuted, hurt by man’s words, bound by rejection and fear.
“Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.” Acts 16:24-26
The thing about praise is that it sets captives free. When we praise we are set free from bondage. And the amazing thing is, those who are around us are also set free.
“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:1-3
One year ago I saw with my own eyes that God still moves by His prophetic calendar. I will relate that experience to you in just a moment.
First I would like to briefly explain that tonight at sundown begins the Feast of Rosh HaShanah, also known as the Feast of Trumpets. This feast continues until sundown on Friday.
The Feast of Trumpets is believed in Jewish tradition to be the time when God created the heavens and the earth. It is for this reason that the Jewish Civil year begins on this day.
As Christians I believe it is important to know the Jewish roots of our faith, because they bring life, depth and meaning to our faith. It is also important to know that God has not finished with national Israel. Bible prophecy apart from national Israel is meaningless. The fulfillment of His Feasts affect Israel as well as the Church and God certainly has not done away with His prophetic calendar.
A brief outline of the feasts show that the ministry of Jesus Christ (Yeshua) has fulfilled some of these at His first coming and will fulfill the remainder at His second coming.
1. The Feast of Passover – fulfilled
By the death of the Messiah
2. The Feast of Unleavened Bread – fulfilled
By the perfect, sinless life of Yeshua and His blood-offering at His death.
3. The Feast of the First- fruits – fulfilled
By the Resurrection of the Messiah
4. The Feast of Weeks (or Pentecost) – fulfilled
By the birth of the Church at Pentecost
Following the spring cycle of feasts above, there was a four month period separating the spring from the Autumn feasts. This interval is the Church Age, which is right now. This temporarily interrupts God’s program for Israel, as revealed in the Feasts.
5. The Feast of Trumpets
Yet to be fulfilled by the rapture of the Church. (1 Corinthians 15:52)
6. The Day of Atonement
Yet to be fulfilled by the Great Tribulation with Israel’s national salvation at the culmination of that period. (Romans 11:26)
7. The Feast of Tabernacles
Yet to be fulfilled by the setting up of the millennial Messianic Kingdom. (Revelation 21:3)
Now I would like to share a brief testimony of how God still moves by His prophetic calendar. One year ago exactly, on the first day of the Feast of Trumpets, the first day of the Jewish civil New Year, we had Sunday lunch at our house. A young man to whom we had been ministering for some years came in that morning. To my amazement and joy as he approached the table the very first thing he said to us was “I am ready to accept Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.” After we had spent some time talking, he ended up on his knees, repented of his sins and gave His life to Christ.
God is good and His mercy endures forever. It’s the beginning of a New Year. Take this opportunity to turn to Christ, the Passover lamb slain from the foundation of the world and have your sins washed away by His spotless blood. He will give you new life in Him.
If you know Christ already, take this opportunity to re-consecrate your life to Him in total obedience and trust. He will never let you down.
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