5. Offer just and right sacrifices; trust (lean on and be confident) in the Lord. Amp.

Romans 9:32 says…”Because they pursued it not through faith—they did not depend on faith but what they could do — relying on the merit of their works. They have stumbled over the Stumbling Stone.”

Psalm 5 is telling us the difference between faith and works. Sometimes it is easier to do a job than it is to believe for the answer to a very difficult situation He has called you to pray for. There are times when we fast or pray and feel confident, He will see our diligence so we feel confident He will give us the favorable answer.

But what if He says yes to your prayer and there is no need to keep praying or fasting. He has heard you and just wants you to trust and believe. That is sometimes the simplest but the hardest thing to do. Do we feel that our way is a safe way without prayer and fasting?

I know there was a time for me that the Lord said He had accepted my prayer and said yes. It was a time of rest. New things to pray about came along quickly enough. But I did still feel uneasy about my old prayers. I had to offer the right sacrifices of being confident and leaning on the Lord alone and not my works. It was not easy and still isn’t easy.

The Lord wants us to learn His way of faith and trust. That is what the Israelites missed. They missed Jesus and trusted in themselves. We must depend upon faith in Jesus and not in what we can do.

So many times, He is telling me to get my eyes off the circumstances and onto His power. That is the faith that will win the battles we face. That is what King Jehoshaphat did in 2 Chronicles 20:12, he said. “For we have no might to stand against this great company that is coming against us, we do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

If we keep our spiritual eyes on Jesus, trusting and relying upon His power we will get the victory! King Jehoshaphat got the victory, and they were 3 days gathering the spoil and called the place the Valley of Blessing. That is the place we all want to be.


8. In peace I will both lie down and sleep for You alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.


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