1 Samuel 10:1-7
Has there ever been a time when you wanted God just to give you a sign? A time when a choice was necessary and neither was wrong or sinful, but you wanted to make the right decision and wished God would point to "the" one? I sure have. In these seven verses, God confirmed to Saul all Samuel had spoken. Can you think of a more detailed and thorough display of God affirming His plan?
When I read this passage years ago, my thoughts turned to, "I wish God would provide me with that kind of detailed affirmation!" Then, following M'Cheyne's reading plan, I read Romans 8. What an answer to my desire! Doesn't Roman 8 assure your soul!
To begin with "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" and end with "I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" is extraordinary assurance.
Thank You, Abba Father. Your goodness and mercy have followed me all my life. Thank You for affirmation greater than what You provided Saul—I will dwell in Your house forever.
Romans 8/Psalm 23
This prayer from Valley of Vision combines my thoughts and prayers based on Romans 8 and Psalm 23 much better than I ever could.
NEED OF JESUS
I am blind, be thou my light,
ignorant, be thou my wisdom,
self-willed, be thou my mind.
Open my ear to grasp quickly thy Spirit's voice,
and delightfully run after his beckoning hand;
Melt my conscience that no hardness remain,
make it alive to evil's slightest touch;
When Satan approaches may I flee to thy wounds,
and there cease to tremble at all alarms.
Be my good shepherd and lead me into
the green pastures of thy Word,
and cause me to lie down beside the rivers of its comforts.
Fill me with peace, that no disquieting worldly gales
may ruffle the calm surface of my soul.
Thy cross was upraised to be my refuge,
Thy blood streamed forth to wash me clean,
Thy death occurred to give me a surety,
The name is my property to save me,
By thee all heaven is poured into my heart,
but it is too narrow to comprehend thy love.
I was a stranger, an outcast, a slave, a rebel,
but thy cross has brought me near,
has softened my heart,
has made me thy Father's child,
has admitted me to thy family,
has made me a joint-heir with thyself.
O that I may love thee as thou lovest me,
that I may walk worthy of thee, my Lord,
that I may reflect the image of heaven's first-born.
May I always see thy beauty with the clear eye of faith,
and feel the power of thy Spirit in my heart,
for unless he move mightily in me
no inward fire will be kindled.
1 Samuel 10:1-7