Let Them Not Rule Over Me
Let Them Not Rule Over Me
We all have our foibles — our weaknesses that are so hard to overcome. They seem to get the best of us too much of the time and can make us feel defeated.
In Psalm 19, King David realized that he would never defeat his foibles without God’s strong help. He wrote in Psalm 19:12-14,
Who can discern his errors?
Acquit me of hidden faults.
Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be blameless,
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.
Only God can help any of us defeat our weaknesses, so, we also pray, “Let them not rule over me”. God is so willing to help us — and we need to constantly depend on Him, as we actually desire to defeat our weaknesses. It doesn’t do any good to not want to defeat our weaknesses.
The apostle Paul speaks of that in Romans 6:12-14,
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
We are strengthened to let God lead us in righteousness when we keep on remembering that we “are not under law but under grace“. God does not want us to obey Him in a hateful, despising fear of the “law”. Much, much rather, God wants us to live in “righteousness” out of love for Jesus having loved us so greatly. That’s “grace”.
By God’s “grace” in Christ, we say, “Hallelujah! LORD, Your love is almighty. Blessed be Your love.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.