“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:10 (NIV)
I really look forward to our time together…please let me know if my weekly musings are beneficial to you! Both Wholetones and Barton Publishing desire to stay in touch with our friends who first took the time to get in touch with us! Sometimes online business can feel sterile and lifeless; I try to address that by writing you a heartfelt note and passing on a personal recommendation of products, services, or supplements that I use as well. Plus, you’ll always receive “insider” information and announcements before the public gets wind of it! This is my way of personally saying thank you. I have some amazing things in the works for 2016 and I PROMISE you will be the first to hear about them. Now on to this week’s musing, “Downside Up.”
One elemental truth of maturity is realizing that we never know as much as we think we know. To become wise, one must remain teachable. Life is a lesson… God is the teacher, and hopefully we remain humble students. Years ago, during a fertile season of discovery, I recorded an album titled, “Downside Up” (https://itun.es/us/uWcaA). Although this project was NOT frequency healing music, it was an integral part of my journey that helped me get to a place of humility, closure, and surrender. You see, until I was willing to lay down the little things I wanted to do, I couldn’t grasp the life changing things God desired me to accomplish. If you are willing to humble yourself, God will raise you up.
Wholetones was created once I learned to get out of God’s way! It is extremely humbling when you realize that you are the one standing in the way of God’s best for your life! This is the upside down, downside up way God’s kingdom principles operate. The meek shall inherit the Earth, the servant is the master of all, to save your life you must first lose it—in our meager understanding, these concepts don’t make sense. The psalmist, King David, often exclaimed, “Come magnify the Lord with me.” In other words, let’s make God bigger than us. In this age of entitlement that we live in, people are making God smaller while attempting to exalt themselves. Yet God’s kingdom rule is that “it is more blessed to give than it is to receive.” To become great, one must first become small.
Years ago, I coined a phrase, “Man Down,” after reading Psalm 23, “A psalm of David.”
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters. He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Here is the point: Psalm 23 was written on a battlefield. In the midst of a bloody battle, David laid down. Even though he was the leader, he laid down; even though he was a skilled warrior, he laid down; even though he was talented, he laid down. By humbling himself, he learned trust, he found peace, he found rest…and oh yeah, I almost forgot, he found VICTORY!
These are priceless nuggets of truth that can revolutionize your life today if you can see them. God’s ways are not our ways, but they can be…if you will humble yourself.
Until next week.
Michael S. Tyrrell