Words from the Heart for Monday April 24th, 2017
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Psalm 32:8 (NIV)
Instruct, Teach, Counsel
We need never fear what the Lord really thinks about us. The enemy is lying to us when we have the feeling that He thinks we are less than eligible for His attention. No! He delights in answering our cry by teaching us. He will bring advice and counsel to us. His loving eye is on us. Share this with someone else today who may be tempted to believe the enemy’s lies.
You may have noticed a lawyer using the letters QC after his or her name and wondered what those letters meant. The lawyer has been granted the status as Queen’s Counsel. The designation goes far back in British history when the monarch would appoint legal counsel to represent the crown. In Canada, lawyers continue to be appointed Queen’s Counsel by the federal government and seven of the ten Canadian provinces. The award has been criticized in the past on the basis that appointment as Queen’s Counsel depended largely on political affiliation, however, in those provinces which continue to appoint lawyers as Queen’s Counsel reforms have been made to de-politicize the award. The reforms have been designed to make the award a recognition of merit by individual members of the bar, often coupled with community service.
Our school days are some of the most memorable. We were learning not only academics, but also how to relate to others, experimenting with principles that would guide our lives for decades to come. Those of us who had parents and teachers who cared for us and who imparted wise counsel helped us flourish in our relationships with peers, family and those in authority. I am now in my early 60s but am grateful for the instruction and counsel I received as a young man from my parents and teachers. King David speaks about an even greater source of instruction and counsel. Psalm 32:8 says “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” The Lord Himself gives a great promise here. David was bearing a heavy responsibility. He had been called by God to lead a great nation. The call was to something far beyond the ability of this young man who had been a shepherd boy. God had been preparing David even before David recognized this. As a young boy protecting his sheep, David was learning some principles that would serve him well in leading a nation. As an adult, David received the assurance from the Lord that God’s counsel, teaching and instruction would continue. We can claim this promise for ourselves. Through the circumstance of life and specifically through the Bible, God counsels and instructs us.
These have been words from the heart.