Living on a Higher Plateau


I am going to let love be the key that unlocks the door in my heart,that place that wants everything to be just so.

I’m going to cry out “Come into this place, Jesus, flood it with the warmth of Your radiant, purifying love.  Fill me with the glorious, glorious love You have for me.”

And I can imagine running into His arms and being embraced by pure love.

I can see the sparkle in His beautiful eyes as He gazes upon me with such adoration – and somehow I can see that adoration is reflected back to Him.  I can feel the gentleness of His gaze and yet the strength and power in it pierces my heart to the core.  He shows me in that gaze what intimacy with God truly looks like.

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Psalm 119: 1


Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the Law of the Lord.  Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart. 

Isn’t this just an amazing testimony for way back when in the time of David, Anointed Shepherd and King?  Before Jesus, before the Holy Spirit, before even the time when we had the luxury to read our Bibles, use different versions and cross references and concordances?

The author of Psalm 119 is telling us straight out that as he looked upon people’s lives, he saw a difference with those who were devoted to God and who chose to keep the Law of the Lord.  These words are showing us the heart of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  It is a heart full of love for us, the precious and beloved work of His hands.  These few words reveal the richness and depth of His thoughts towards us and they reveal that He has plans of goodness to pour into our lives.  The unspoken admonition is “When you hear His call, heed the Voice”.

In every society we have signposts that mark our level of prosperity and often they drive people into overwork and debt.

We can become so caught up in our lives, in the materialistic side of life, always looking at the green grass on the other side of the fence, trying to attain the achievements of another, that we completely miss and and miss out on the blessing of God within our own life.

We are called to a singleness of heart, to pursue truth, to live the Law of the Lord. If the giants of faith in the Old Testament could do it, how much more can we who have the ever present help of the Holy Spirit and a Bible?

Just as David watched the lives of others, so too, people are watching the progress of our lives.  Can satisfaction and contentment, peace and joy be seen upon us as we walk through the daily routines of life?

How many times I have looked at the lives of other Christians, seen the evidence of the blessing of God upon them and wondered if I would ever reach that state of blessedness.  Did I ever give thought to what it cost them?  The answer is Yes! and I wondered how we become so personal and intimate with Almighty God that His will is actually known and lived out by me.

Over the years I have learned that part of growing in intimacy with God comes through my repentance.  My acknowledgement of sin and even greater, my acceptance of His forgiveness.

My heart was apprehended by His love when I experienced the reality and freedom of forgiveness, felt the buoyancy in my heart when I realized the truth – that the power of the shed blood of Jesus had cleansed my conscience from acts that lead to death in order to serve the Living God. Hebrews 9:14    No longer did I need to bemoan and lament over the things I had done wrong in my life – the Scripture was clear – it became a light to my pathThe Blood of Jesus not only brought me forgiveness of sin, it went even farther and deeper and brought beautiful cleansing to my conscience.

The result of accepting this cleansing is humility within our hearts and unity with the undefiled who walk in the way of the Lord.  We are no longer stubborn and bullish in our attitude toward repentance.  We are no longer stiff necked and proud thinking we can do our own thing and go our own way.  One of the miraculous things that happens when we choose whole hearted repentance and obedience is the yoking that takes place with other believers.

There is a strength imparted to us when we yield to that yoking, together we can work through difficult areas in our lives, together we can overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.  Together, with the Holy Spirit’s help and the Word of God to light our way we can plow through the untilled land of our lives. With the Lord’s help, the crooked places will be made straight and the high and unholy places of idolatry shall be cast down, no more to be rebuilt, for we have given the first place in our hearts to the Lord who is our God.

Psalm 119:1 cont.


Blessed are the undefiled in the the way, who walk in the Law of the Lord.    Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart.

When we make a decision to walk in the ways God has set out for us we soon realize several things that melt our hearts with love for Him. As Lord of All, He is Kind, Benevolent, Merciful and Gracious – He is these things towards us and we are the first in His heart.

Do you know how much He is always thinking about you and how He considers you to be the shiny, untarnished, unblemished apple of His eye? His heart is set on you and He is determined that the good and perfect plans He has made for you and for me come to pass in our lives.  He has our very best interests uppermost in His heart – how can we hold onto stubborn, stiff necked pride in the face of the pure love of the King?

As we learn the art and discipline of yielding to the Lord’s Word, we will begin to see the level of purity rise up in our life.  Sin no longer holds the sparkle of excitement that it did in times before we discovered the joy of repentance.   Instead we are filled with a greater desire to press into the Lord, to accept the taking of His yoke upon us and shoulder the ease of His burden and the lightness of His yoke.  A yoke keeps us in step with one another and brings balance to the work that needs to be done.  It is no longer all my thing, all my doing.

Can’t you just imagine it – you and Jesus walking the way of life – His wisdom whispered in your ear always guiding and leading you.  Your life full and rich with the blessing of God because you have chosen to heed His directives.   There may come times when we want to wander off for a spell in the pastures that look lusher and greener on the other side of the fence and yet His yoke ever so gently reminds us of our need of repentance, and to just allow Him to shower and enfold us in His love.  Soon we will find that our energies and focus are on living a life of obedience to Him.

Learning to be obedient to His Voice and to His Word helps us to walk in step with Him and brings us that much closer to fulfilling the highest law of all – the Law of Love.   In verses 5 & 6 of Psalm 119, the Psalmist’s words of desire give us a very clear picture when he says, with great passion in his heart, “Oh that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes, then I would not be ashamed when I look into all Your commandments”.   He,  like me, and maybe just like you, is recognizing traits about himself that are ungodly, displeasing even to himself!

Shame will not triumph over us!  We have the overcoming victory by choosing to obey the Word of God! The gentle leading of the Holy Spirit at work in us has a purpose – to overcome our natural, unrestrained by the Word of God behavior!   I have learned that gentleness, an active force of of the Holy Spirit, creates something new in my soul.  It tames the unruliness within me and brings me into subjection to the Word of God.  I like it when that happens!  Praise begins to flow from my lips and I thank God for teaching me how to live His Word.

They are no longer rote words of law – I have experienced and seen the change they have brought to the hidden, inner parts of myself that I would rather not have to deal with.  I have been learning the perfect love of the Lord.  Have you?  Let’s commit to allowing the Holy Spirit access to our souls where our lack of restraint has run rampant.  In our day to day lives let’s learn to be sensitive to what He is speaking to us so that His Voice becomes the loudest voice in our days and then, let’s hasten to obey.  Soon we will find that our obedience to His leading and to His Word become a superbly natural part of the way we live.

Will you let Him reign in all aspects of life so that in turn He can bring blessing to every area of your life?