Psalms! There simply isn’t a better book in the Bible than the book of Psalms, at least in my opinion. Also (my opinion again!) there isn’t a better writer in God’s word than David, the author of many of those Psalms. Psalms inspires me just as much as, if not more than, a beautiful sunset on the beach with streams of multicolored light reflecting over the water and painted gently on the sky. God truly gifted David with the written word in both prose and poetry, read or sung. When times are tough, whether in my classroom or personal life, it’s my go-to book. I really don’t know what in the world I would do without it.
Having listened to Psalms a lot lately, I’ve noticed a theme stated over and over and over again, that being The Steadfast Love of the Lord. This morning alone, I couldn’t keep up with how many times it was stated – that’s how often it was mentioned. I read it appears more than 246 times in the the Old Testament alone in an article from the CS Lewis Institute. Wow! It must be pretty important, amen? Therefore, it bears some discussion I would think.
Here are some words various online dictionaries give as synonyms for the word steadfast which match the biblical meaning from what I’ve studied:
resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.
||loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true,constant, staunch, solid, trusty
If you break down the word steadfast into syllables, stead means –
the place or role that someone or something should have or fill (used in referring to a substitute), e.g. “you wish to have him superseded and to be appointed in his stead”
and fast means –
firmly fixed b : tightly shut c : adhering firmly : not easily freed : stuck e : stable firmly loyal
Take about 5 minutes or so, as I did, and substitute those words for steadfast when quoting the phrase the steadfast love of the Lord. For example, the resolute love of the Lord, the loyal love of the Lord, the unwavering love of the Lord, and the firmly fixed and relentless love of the Lord. I could go on and on about His devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true, and constant love, not forgetting, by any means, that His steadfast love was perfectly and completely exemplified by appointing Jesus in our stead as the substitute for our sins. That will get any weary teacher through the day, don’t you think? 🙂
Finally, let me ask you a question. Is our love for the Lord and for our students steadfast? If we truly love the Lord then we can point to these same synonyms and say YES they describe our love for God. And if we love God steadfastly, then it will spill – no POUR – out of us and into our students hearts. It’s a love that simply cannot be contained.
Be steadfast in your love, dear Christian teacher. It makes all the difference in our lives when we receive it from Him and all the difference in our students’ lives when they receive it from us.
May God bless you in your classrooms this week and stay devoted (steadfast!).
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True or False: How we are doing is directly dependent upon how much we are praying. Answer: True True True! Therefore, we need to be honest and ask ourselves: Are we in prayer overdrive or prayer under-drive? Remember, if we are in a fiery trial, and we don’t handle it according to scripture, we may be able to teach but ministering as we teach can come to a screeching halt. We simply must minister. Period. At all costs. This is where praying heaven down comes into play.
Furthermore, as teachers, we’re always telling, or demanding :), our students to listen and do as they are told knowing that if they do, things will go better for them. How about we take our own advice and follow through when God tells us what to do fellow Christian teachers?! I’m thinking we will receive the same results.
Last week, while discussing how we are doing, our main points to follow through on were:
To remember God is with us always and never leaves nor forsakes us (Joshua chapter 1)
To be strong and courageous (Joshua chapter 1)
To James 4:8 our trials and draw near to God
The next point, pray teachers pray, logically flows from drawing near to God, but can’t be overstated whatsoever. Radical, faith filled (believing), drawing near to the throne, prayers PRAYED OUT LOUD, are atomic bombs in the spiritual realm (see Psalm 18). Don’t forget that, ever!
Yesterday, on our way home from church, my hubby, Keith, put in a CD and played a song that I hadn’t heard in a long time. It’s an upbeat song by Brian Free and Assurance. Talk about a much needed lift to my spirit! I used to sing this song and would substitute my name in for Daniel’s. You might want to do that too, dear teachers! Here are some of the lyrics:
Once there was a king that thought he got it right
Daniel wouldn’t last until the morning light
They led him to the dungeon and they threw him in
He was on his way to supper and the meal was him
But God knew how to change their dinner plans
Never throw a hungry lion in the den with a praying man!
So pray Daniel Pray!
That’s the way you make through
Come on pray Daniel pray!
Don’t you let the devil get the best of you
Your troubles aren’t as bad as you thought they were
You can tame a lion, let your prayers be heard
Your faith is going to have them eating right out of your hands
Never throw a hungry lion in a den with a praying man!
When you hear their stomachs growling do what Daniel did
Call up to your Father like a little kid
Tell Him that they are big and you just heard them roar
Then get up and use your faith to block the door
When the fur starts flying they will understand
Never throw a hungry lion in the den with a prayin’ man!
Better yet, click here to watch and listen. You will be glad you did! If you’re like me, you need all the help you can get. Amen?
When we pray, God just keeps giving and giving nuggets to get us through. For instance, not only did He give me that song, but I just finished watching Beth Moore’s series, The Basket Case, which is a game changer for sure. There are too many nuggets in it to count, but one thing she said that stuck with me was we are only as powerful as our prayers. Well, ain’t that the truth brother and sister teachers! That will preach!
One final thought on prayer is casting your care. Are we casting our cares at the feet of Jesus? If not, it’s another step on which we must follow through.
When our ship is about to sink, we must cast, cast, and keep casting – that is, rid ourselves of the weight(s) that are about to pull us under, because God doesn’t want us to drown. Be an active caster. God can and will handle it. He has all power and is well able to take care of our cares. Praise His name!
My prayer is that we will listen to and obey His word to us: PRAY TEACHERS PRAY, and CAST YOUR CARE! When we do, we will have peace that passes all understanding.
God bless you in your classrooms this week as you teach and minister effectively to your students. Stay devoted.
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