“Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.” Psalm 143:8
As I read this verse from the Psalms a refrain started playing in my head, “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give. I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live.” Many of us have sung this many times, but do we truly mean the words we are singing? Are we truly willing to surrender everything God? Is our life a reflection of that proclamation?
I realize this verse doesn’t exactly say surrender all to Jesus, but David is saying ‘I trust in You Lord, I give myself to You for I know you will show me where to walk.’ He is saying I trust You enough to give myself over to You.
Our we willing to do as David did and give ourselves to God? Do we really trust Him?
We ask God to give us direction in our lives. I know I do daily, but do you see, in order for God to lead us all the way to where He desires for us to go we have to give up everything to Him, even the good things. Even the dreams and gifts and passions He has given us. I know it sounds crazy and it’s hard, but I honestly would rather entrust God with the dreams He has given me because I know He will take better care of them than I would.
Is it really that important to surrender all to God?
I don’t know what it is that may be hard for you to surrender. It’s different for everyone. It may be friendships, romantic relationships, the financial stability of a good job, talents and abilities that you rely on, or a maybe it is a dream of yours to get married, or to have children, or to own a business. Whatever it is, before we can receive from God we have to surrender these things to Him.
God is willing and desires to use us and take us as far as we are willing to go, but that’s just it, only as far as we are willing. We can say God I give you all of this, but that little thing over there, yeah I can’t give that up. And God’s response is, “That is awesome I will bless and use what you have given me, and use you in great ways, but I can only take you so far because that other thing you’re not willing to give to me, well, it is standing in the way.”
And it may even be a good thing. It may be the desire to be married and do ministry together with your spouse, which is a good thing, but God is asking that we give Him our desires, so that He can bless them and use them in awesome ways. Because when we give that desire to God we are saying God I trust that You will do with this dream whatever is best for me. Surrendering shows God our complete trust in Him. Not surrendering shows God that we don’t know if we trust that He will work everything out for good.
God’s heart breaks when we withhold from Him because He knows that there’s so much more He can give us in exchange.
God will only take us as far as we are willing to go. He doesn’t force Himself upon us. That is why He gave us freewill. He wanted our love for Him to be a choice, not something done out of obligation. Giving ourselves completely to God is a response to His generous, unrelenting, extravagant, compassionate, patient, unending love. So we can rest assured that if we entrust God with everything it will be given back to us with so, so, so much love, and in far better condition than if we were to keep it for ourselves.
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.” Psalm 143:10