“The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.”
“God-friendship is for God-worshipers; They are the ones he confides in. If I keep my eyes on GOD, I won’t trip over my own feet. Look at me and help me! I’m all alone and in big trouble.”
Psalm 25:14-16 MSG
I don’t even know where to start or what to say about these verses that would give God the glory He deserves! They were sent to me this morning and turned out to be the truth that kept me going today, pushing past difficult circumstances. I spend so many days of my life trying to do something or earn the love and presence of God in my life but this relationship we have with the Lord is completely different from everything we know and have done for years through jobs, sports, and even relationships we have with others. This relationship is so powerful and awesome with God because it’s simply all about Him and has nothing to do with us. There’s nothing we can bring to the table, nothing that we can do or say or even think that would make God love us more than He does right now.
At the feet of these verses today, it just struck me that these truths about God have nothing for me to do in them. It doesn’t say, “if I do this or that, that I need to hold up my end of the relationship, or anything to make God pluck my feet out of the net.”
These verses point to God, all of God and none of us! The only part that has to do with us is that these truths are for us and given to us. But they are all about God. Having the friendship of God in our lives is unlike any other, having someone is always there for us, always willing to reach out a helping hand, always ready to help. This friendship we have with God is unlike any other we could ever imagine, He is all these things and does all these things for us and there’s nothing we could do to ever earn or deserve Him. That points to the first part of the verses, “the friendship of the Lord is for those who fear Him.”
God’s presence in our lives shouldn’t go unnoticed or put on the back burner, we’ve already seen and talked about how loving and faithful and awesome He is towards us, in the light of us not deserving any of Him but He gives Himself to us anyways. God is more than worth the #1 priority spot in our lives, He’s more than worth our praise, worship and thankfulness. And what’s so beautiful upon acknowledging who God is and how good He is, we are opened up to seeing His promises play out all over our lives. As we continually stand in awe of Him, worship Him and thank Him, we see more than ever that we have no need to continuing to try and take on the nets we face in our lives, the temptations, the troubles and the rough circumstances all by ourselves.
We have God with us, and fighting for us in each moment. We can call on Him at any moment and He keeps our feet from getting entangled in the nets of life. Just a big lesson learned today and I pray this can be a big one for you also. There’s nothing I can do, say or try that can keep me out of the nets that so easily entangle me daily. Trying to handle it on my own just leads me to stepping right into the net and getting more tangled up as I go. But the good thing is, we aren’t meant to maneuver through or around these nets on our own. We have God, the Creator of all, our Father and Friend, who is so faithful, loving and filled with grace. We have no need to take matters into our own hands, it’s God and only God who set our feet on a firm foundation, it’s God and only God who could love us despite our failures and pride. It’s God and only God who can deliver us through and around these nets of life.