Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Would You Uphold Us, Lord?

By S. Michael Durham

In less than three weeks Real Truth Matters will go full time as J.T. Crawford and Joseph Durham become its first two full-time staff members. This is a considerable step of faith for us. And we have not rushed into it. The process began last November and now, almost six months later, it’s about to happen.

We are depending on the Lord to uphold us and sustain us. We believe He has led us to this point, and our confidence is that He will protect us from final failure. No matter what God is directing you to do, you should believe that He will uphold you. Every call of God must have God’s equipment. David counted on being upheld by the strong hand of God. In Psalms you read several times of his faith in the Lord to uphold him.

Uphold my steps in Your paths, That my footsteps may not slip.” (Psalms 17:5)

David prays that God would keep him from devices of the wicked that would divert him from the ways of God. We too can believe that He will do the same for us. Pray for RTM that the Lord will uphold our steps and keep us in His path. Ask Him that we will not slip from His ways.

“As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And set me before Your face forever.” (Psalms 41:12)

In this verse David asks that his integrity be preserved, meaning that he would not be proven to be unrighteous. In the end, he did not want what he had done for God to be revealed to be his efforts to do what he thought best, but that all would know God had actually led him. This is RTM’s prayer as well. We have no desire to do what we deem as right. We are not making this major change to appear as a great ministry of faith. The truth is we prefer to have our financial needs already provided before launching full time. But this ministry believes that what we are embarking to do is God’s will. Thus, we too pray, “Uphold us in our integrity.”

“. . . uphold me by Your generous Spirit.” (Psalms 51:12)

David experienced his weakness to resist temptation. Mindful of his failures, he prays that a stronger power support him. All of us at RTM should be mindful of our failures and I believe we are. We must have a strength greater than own uphold us; otherwise, we will fail. Please pray that we will be empowered by the Holy Spirit as we work to fulfill His call.

“Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is with those who uphold my life.” (Psalms 54:4)

What a splendid and hopeful verse! God was David’s helper and was numbered among David’s valiant men. Of course the Lord was the champion of all champions, greater than David himself. But what comfort to know that God helps us as a friend and confidant. He upholds us even through the efforts of friends who support us. He helps those who lift us up. May the Lord uphold you who support RTM in your prayers and gifts.

The last verse that David pens that speaks of God upholding him is:

“Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.” (Psalms 119:116)

Without God bearing David up, he knew life could not be lived. Without God upholding David, he knew that his hope would fail, and he would be ashamed.

RTM will die, and rightly so, if the Lord does not uphold us according to His word. If God does not bear us up, then in the end we will be ashamed. If God does not meet our needs, then we will be proven to have been presumptuous and foolhardy. And so in 19 days we launch out into the deep waters of God’s faithfulness. Would you join us as we pray to be upheld by divine omnipotence? “Uphold us according to Your word, that we may live; and do not let us be ashamed of our hope. You, O God, are our hope.”

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