By Patrick Hawthorne
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Did you know that this applies to you speaking the Word to yourself? It’s true. For example, sometimes when I am down I will quote the Message version of Psalm 43:5. “Why are you cast down my soul? Why are you singing the blues? Fix my eyes upon God – soon I’ll be praising again. He always puts a smile on my face. He’s my God.” After quoting that a few times, how can I not smile?
But, what about other verses? What do I do when I need to build up my faith in the promises of God? That is when I make it personal. For example, I regularly quote Psalm 91, but not as it is written. I make it personal. I make it applicable to me by removing the “You’s,” and inserting, “Me” or “I.” Some might accuse me of being a “blab it and grab it,” type person. I’m fine with that because I know the difference between faith in God’s word and wishful thinking.
Psalms 91 (Notice that I make it personal to me)
I will dwell in the secret place of the Most High
and abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely God delivers ME from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 My Father covers ME with His feathers,
And under His wings I shall take refuge;
God’s truth is MY shield and buckler.
5 I shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at MY side,
And ten thousand at MY right hand;
But it shall not come near ME.
8 Only with MY eyes shall I look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because I have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, MY dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall ME,
Nor shall any plague come near MY dwelling;
11 For MY HEAVENLY FATHER shall give His angels charge over ME,
To keep ME in all MY ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear ME up,
Lest I dash MY foot against a stone.
13 I shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent I shall trample underfoot.
Now this next part is God speaking back to us… Again, I make this personal according to His word.
14 “Because Patrick has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set Patrick on high, because he has known My name.
15 Patrick shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy Patrick,
And show him My salvation.”
Let’s carry this a bit further. “For God so loved the world (that means you and me) that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus) that whosoever (we qualify as an whosoever) believes on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” Now, let’s make it personal. “For God so loved Me that He gave His only begotten Son and because I believe [trust on a rely] in Him, I shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
It is that simple. I am simply taking the promises meant for us and making them personal to me. Now, I challenge you to go ahead and try it. Blab it and grab it. I’m sure you will like it if you give it a try. Be blessed…