Evaluation of Desperate Dependency – Gimel
Welcome to the third installment of the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency! If you would like to start at the beginning of this series using the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency and Psalm 119, click here. For the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 2, click here.
As you prayerfully process through the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 3, open your heart to hear the still small voice of God calling you to depend on Him more completely. Open your eyes to see the wonderful truths God has for you. If your life is filled with anxiety and stress, allow Psalm 119 to remind you of the many ways God’s words offer peace and rest. He will deal bountifully with you, His servant, as you depend on Him.
This is the text of the Gimel section of Psalm 119.
17 Be good to your servant,
that I may live and obey your word.
18 Open my eyes to see
the wonderful truths in your instructions.
19 I am only a foreigner in the land.
Don’t hide your commands from me!
20 I am always overwhelmed
with a desire for your regulations.
21 You rebuke the arrogant;
those who wander from your commands are cursed.
22 Don’t let them scorn and insult me,
for I have obeyed your laws.
23 Even princes sit and speak against me,
but I will meditate on your decrees.
24 Your laws please me;
they give me wise advice. (NLT)
Could You Have Written Psalm 119:17–24?
The writer of Psalm 119 makes some bold statements. Are these statements true of you? Mark the statements that currently and consistently (more often than not) describe you. Take your time, and prayerfully consider your status as an individual who is desperately dependent on God.
❏ God enables me to live and obey His word.
❏ I ask the Lord to open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in His instructions.
❏ I feel like I don’t belong, so I ask the Lord to reveal His commands to me.
❏ I am overwhelmed with a desire for the Lord’s regulations.
❏ The Lord disciplines me when I am arrogant or wander from His commands.
❏ I ask the Lord to protect me because I obey the laws of the Lord.
❏ I meditate on the decrees of the Lord even when others speak against me.
❏ The laws of the Lord please me and give me wise advice.
What are you learning about yourself as you process through the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency? What are you learning about God? How will you respond to the insight you have gained?
Remember: In and of yourself you are powerless to accomplish His purposes in your life! It is only through His divine enablement that we can be personally empowered to live as Christ lived and desires us to live. God has supplied everything that is necessary for life and godliness, but we must allow Him to accomplish His purposes in our lives. As His Word permeates our lives, we rest in His abundance and peace.
The eight verses of the Gimel section of Psalm 119 challenge our perspective of God’s Word. 176 verses in this psalm point to the reasons His truth capably guides us. Do you trust it?
Are you processing the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency with someone else? If you are really brave and want to know more about yourself, you might consider asking someone close to you to complete the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency with you in mind. God does place people in our lives to assist us in our growth process. So, ask someone in the body of Christ to offer their perspective on your spiritual maturity.
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May you grow in desperate dependency!
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(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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