It is interesting to observe the antonym of transformation. I am not surprised – it is preservation. People who are willing to relinquish their old ways of thinking and behaving – who take the Lord at His word, even when it is difficult to do so – are transformed.
To continue to grow, mature, risk, learn, and become who I need to be to accomplish His plans and purposes, I need to be willing to be transformed – changed from the inside out. My natural instinct is to preserve – to hold onto what I have and remain in control. However, when I embrace transformation by co-operating with the Lord, I walk into freedom like a butterfly freed from its cocoon!
It takes whole-hearted trust in the Lord to let go and wait for Him to act on our behalf. Yesterday I was reading Psalm 28 in the New Living Translation. Overwhelmed and discouraged, I prayed Psalm 28 back to the Lord. I asked Him, “Do not turn a deaf ear to me…Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to You for help, as I lift my hands toward Your holy sanctuary…”
And then…I was surprised by verses 6-9, as the Psalm’s tone changed.
“Praise the LORD! For He has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. The LORD gives His people strength. He is a safe fortress for His anointed king. Save Your people! Bless Israel, Your special possession. Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them in Your arms forever.”
As I cried out to the LORD and renewed my trust in Him, my heart changed. I asked for His strength and for Him to be my fortress, to lead me like a shepherd. Once again, I realized we honor Him by choosing to trust Him every day. Moment by moment is an opportunity to yield to transformation. Like David, we need to “lift our hands toward [His] holy sanctuary”, open-handed. We must let go and trust Him with all of our hearts!
Today, what are you holding onto that prevents you from trusting Him with all of your heart? Pray through Psalm 28 or a passage of your own choosing, and ask the Lord to meet you in a special way today.
“LORD, I choose to praise you like David. Thank You for hearing my cries for help. Thank You for being my strength and shield. I choose to trust You with all of my heart. Thank You for your mercy and help. Thank You for being a safe fortress. LORD, please fill my heart with joy and lead me like a shepherd. Carry me in Your arms forever.”