Deeper Day 301: Sustain Me

When I read this verse recently, I was struck by the last little bit…

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:10-12

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.

A willing spirit to sustain me.

This line stuck in my heart.

Over the last 16 years of my life, I’ve discovered a lot about joy and walking out an abundant life. It has little to do with actual circumstances, and everything to do with my heart. Over the last year, I’ve discovered so much more about being willing to follow God in directions that may seem very strange to others. The key to it all has been for me to be willing. So, when I came across that line, it really resonated with my heart.

For years, I have cultivated a willing spirit in worship. During this current season, I’ve learned a lot more about cultivating a willing spirit in the big decisions. I’ve been recklessly following God for years, but He’s certainly amped things up as of late. It’s like, following God 2.0.

But I’m so grateful, because during this time, I’ve grown closer to not only Him, but my husband. When you walk through the fire of following a less traveled path, it draws you closer together. Maybe that’s part of the point. I feel like God wanted to introduce us to a new and deeper part of Himself and this was the best way for us to find it. I wouldn’t trade it honestly.

There have been so many times that I’ve thought, “When this is all said and done, I know I’ll be grateful.” Even in the moments when I’ve lamented or been completely overwhelmed, I’ve found deep down inside of myself, a willingness that has sustained me.

How willing are you? Have you discovered this hidden treasure to remaining sustained? Even if you’ve been previously unwilling to bend, it’s never too late to change. Change is ALWAYS possible.

Prayer Moment: God, I thank You for the creative ways that You sustain me. I thank You for loving me so much that You will not allow me to remain in doubt or fear. You love me so much that You will take me out of my comfort zone and into the deep waters. I am grateful for this. You love me and I know it. I love You too. It’s that love that drives everything I do. I am excited to see where our love affair leads us next. I am Yours completely. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. I will praise You forever for what You have done; in Your name I will hope, for Your name is good. I will praise You in the presence of Your saints. Psalm 52:8-9

Surely God is my help; the Lord is the One Who sustains me. Psalm 54:4