Better Plans from the Beginning

sunset on the river

“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.” Psalm 24:1-2

We have a God who created the world—and everything in it belongs to him. Yet so often we convince ourselves that we have control over everything in our lives and we have the best plans. Instead of seeking God’s direction and will, we go ahead with our own ways.

This psalm was written in a spirit of humility after David realized his prideful desire to control circumstances himself instead of seeking wisdom from the Lord. After seeing the consequences of his pride, he repented and acknowledged God’s complete control over the world and all people. He points back to the very beginning of the world, in Genesis 1 where the Spirit is “hovering over the face of the waters,” founding the seas and establishing the rivers. He’s showing us that God’s power is trustworthy because God intimately knows every piece of creation.

Since our God loves us passionately (we’ll look more at this next time), we should come to him like David—in humility, repenting and acknowledging that He is in control, and seeking his guidance in our lives.

Father, I confess that I have trusted in my own plans and power instead of in You. Please forgive me for trying to take control instead of trusting You. Teach me to follow Your ways because they are the best ways. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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