Thursday, December 15, 2011

Psalm 9 - My Part and God's Part

Think about the challenges that have been laid before you. Family challenges. Financial challenges. Workplace challenges. Health challenges. Relationship challenges. And then there are the challenges that you have brought on yourself. Did you know that the Lord is sovereign, too, over those challenges, all those challenges? 

If He is sovereign, then it means He is in charge. If He is in charge, then that means He has taken responsibility for them. If He has taken responsibility for them, then He has adequate resources to take up and handle those challenges. Now the question is, do you trust Him to take responsibility for your challenges? Or would you rather handle them on your own?

Wisdom chooses to turn those challenges over to the Lord, since our handling of them has created the mess in which we find ourselves anyway! What, then, is your part in handling that challenge and what is God’s part? You do have a part in the challenge, you know. We are Christians, not fatalists.

God never intended His children to handle His part and theirs, too. God has his part. You have your part. Your part involves worship, trust, intercessory prayer, and a vision for the nations.
Psalm 9 shows us what is my part and what is God’s part in handling challenges.

My Part: 
Psalm 9:1-2 – My part is to praise Him, tell others about Him, and joyfully praise Him.

God’s Part: 
Psalm 9:3-9 – The Lord’s part is to destroy the enemy from a sitting position on His Throne and be a refuge for you.

My Part: 
Psalm 9:10-11 – My part is to trust Him, to sing Praise to Him, and to be involved in His top priority, missions.

God’s Part: 
Psalm 9:12 – God’s part is to hear the cry of the humble and avenge them.

My Part:  
Psalm 9:13-14 – My part is to pray and intercede so that I can publicly praise Him.

God’s Part: 
Psalm 9:15-20 – God’s part is to make things right and to care for those in need.

In the Amplified Bible, Proverbs 16:3 reads like this, “Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; he will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed. The Apostle Peter, in his down-to-earth, straight-talking way puts it this way, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Have you gone to prayer and turned over that challenge to the Lord? Do you realize the peace of putting your burdens in God’s capable hands, freeing the Lord to do His best work without being hindered?

Adapted from Sylvia Gunter, Prayer Essentials for Living in His Presence (Birmingham, AL: Father’s Business, 2000), vol. 2.