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The Believer’s Safety Net (Psalm 119:117)

Uphold me that I may be safe, that I may have regard for Your statutes continually.
Psalm 119:117

Pride is demonstrated by independent living. For a person to claim to have a relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ and yet not value the importance of God’s word in their daily life is an indication of pride. For many who profess Christ, they can live each day without much thought about Him unless their circumstances become unfavorable.

The psalmist is quite the opposite. He always sees himself as a needy man who is desperate for God to uphold him. If God chooses not to uphold him, he will find himself in serious trouble. Notice that there is a correlation between God upholding his servant and the servant’s commitment to God’s word. You cannot expect God to uphold you if you disregard His word. Also notice that the psalmist is not committed to God’s word simply to get through a time of difficulty. He is committed to God’s statutes continually. This is the pattern of his life.

The opposite of pride is humility. True believers delight in living in submission to God’s word. They recognize that God alone can sustain and uphold them. Their commitment to God’s word is not an oppressive obedience. No, it is an absolute delight.

Consider the words of Jeremiah:

Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.
Jeremiah 15:16

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58