I love Psalm 139.  In this chapter, Yahweh is saying that He knows each of us intimately.  He knows when we sit, when we rise, our thoughts, and our ways.  He sees us.  I mean He SEES us.  He is the only one who really SEES each of us.  He knows our desires, our hopes, our dreams, our hurts, our insecurities, and what makes us tick.   He loves us passionately.  He sings over us.  His promise in Psalm 138:8 is, “Yahweh will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Yahweh, endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands.”  

I think of these scriptures often because I need to be reminded that He has a plan for me, and it is a good plan.  A few years ago, I was introduced to the word emunah, or faith in Hebrew.  Emunah is the firm belief in a single, supreme, omniscient, benevolent, spiritual, supernatural, and all-powerful God, who is the Creator of the Universe.  There are three levels of Emunah.  One; knowing that everything comes from Yahweh.  Two; Yahweh does everything for the best.  Three; ask “What does Yahweh want from me?”  This was life changing for me.   

I don’t know about you, but not everything in my life has been wonderful or good.  However, knowing that everything comes from Him, and He does everything for my best, has helped me ask the question, “What do you want from me?”  What can I learn from this experience that will bring honor and glory His name?  As I put my whole trust in Him, my heart is open to receive everything He has for me.  I believe that is what He is asking from each of us.  Trust in Him.  Trust His plan.  Help others to trust in Him.  

Look at an orchestra.  Each player is playing his part to the best of his ability.  He has a score (printed music) that he is following.  He has his eyes on the conductor, who knows the score, and is telling everyone when to come in, to play softly, or louder and so forth.  We are the players in life.  Each of us has our own path and our own experiences.  As each of us follows the Conductor, Yeshua,  keeping our eyes on Him, and our own score, we will play in harmony, and create a beautiful sound.  However, if one of us decides we don’t like our part, and we start playing another tune, it will be discordant and chaotic.  Or if, one of us is worried about how another one is playing his part, it will also bring about chaos, because their eyes are not on the Conductor or their own score, so they can’t play their part right.  Each of us is important to the whole orchestra.  When everyone is playing in tune with each other and watching the Conductor, the sound is absolutely breathtaking. 

As we walk in obedience to Yahweh’s commandments, and encourage each other to do so, we are walking in the Light and we have fellowship with one another as it says in 1 John 1:7-8, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin.”  

I love the promise that is in the book of Jeremiah 31:31, “The time is coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.  It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord.  This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord.  I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.  I will be their God, and they will be my people.  No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.” Declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” 

We prepare ourselves individually, and together we can walk side by side to approach our King, and reign with Him in the new Jerusalem. 

Joie Conrad

BYNA Elder

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