Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I can do it MYSELF!

Throughout this year, each day of the month, I'm "Treasure Hunting" in a Psalm. I've created a "Ponder Every Morsel of Truth" Book to record the truths as I learn them. The Sixteenth of each Month, I'm studying Psalm 11. Here's what Treasure I found today.

“I can do it MYSELF!” Sadly this isn’t just what a child would say. It seems that I find myself saying this phrase and acting as if I can do it “all by myself”. 

In Psalm 11, David has this same struggle... “I can do it myself!” But David has a “talk with himself” and realizes that “No, I can’t do this alone. I need God!”

Psalm 11:1-3, describes David's situation of danger. Where can he go? He's afraid, in danger, and he wants to find a safe place to be. 

Fear is a powerful emotion. I wrote on my blog June 22, 2010,
“Fear is a powerful thing. It can paralyze a person from doing something great. It ignores all other facts and creates its own reality.”  
The more I think about and focus on what I fear, the greater my fear becomes. 

David realizes that in Psalm 11:1-3. David wants to run and hide. But as we all know, running and hiding doesn’t help, because we take the ‘fear’ with us.  Rather, David had a better solution to his fear. He had a “talk with himself” and realizes that “No, I can’t do this by myself. I need God!” 
David's fixed resolution to make God his confidence: In the Lord put I my trust, v. 1. Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary   
I like how Matthew Henry said that... “Fixed resolution to make God his confidence.” David set it in stone, so to speak. David knew for a fact, that he could not “do it himself”, he needed God, so He would trust God—period.

As I thought about this Psalm, I realized a few things.
1. “I can do it myself” is not a new  concept. For some reason, “doing it myself” is the stubborn, obstinate way allowing fear to take hold.
2. In order for me to  be able to “tell myself” something, I need the knowledge. That means I need to study to learn more about God and what He does and can do.
3. I need to listen to myself, when I’m speaking truth.
4. And the most important aspect... is to know whom I’m to trust the most—God.

To create a positive day, I need to “get out of the way”, give up the “I can do it myself” mentality and trust God to do what He says He will do, and is very capable of doing! 

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