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Psalm 146:3-5 – from where does my wisdom come; dead men or the alive God?

This is the revelation that is shaping my life today – it’s critical that I know where my salvation, my wisdom for life, comes.

Psalm 146:3-5 TPT

[3-4] We can never look to men for help; no matter who they are, they can’t save us, for even our great leaders fail and fall. They too are just mortals who will one day die. 5] But those who hope in the Lord will be happy and pleased! Our help comes from the God of Jacob!


Where do I look for my help? Upon who do I shape my life? Where do I turn for the direction, the wisdom, of life? We are all followers, the question is not whether we follow but who do we follow? Our lives are shaped by some narrative, some over arching story that shapes us, shapes our decisions and hence behaviours in any situation. The question is where did I get the story from? Who is it’s author?


We are either shaped by mortals or shaped by God. We either follow the narrative of people, they could be hero’s or fathers/mothers, they could be champions in opinion, philosophers, or overcomers. Or we follow the narrative that God has laid out and invited us into. Shakespeare warned us to “be aware of the story you tell yourself for you will surely be lived by it.” So what is the story over my life, and who is it’s authors, and more importantly why, and upon what credentials, do I place my life in their wisdom? Do I know the shaping story over my life?


God is not a prophetic figure who authored a philosophy and then died. This is what mortals do. They tell you how to get saved but cannot save themselves. God creates life, He then authors how life is to be lived, He then ensures the way is open for all to live this life, and then He walks alongside me intimately tutoring, empowering and impassioning me for this life. I am not left alone to interpret and follow in my strength, this is how mortal shaped philosophies play out, God presences Himself to enable the life He creates and intends. Why look to dead men when the presence of God is available to you? “Those who hope in the Lord will be happy and pleased! Our help comes from God.”



I will live aware and acknowledging where my wisdom, my story from life comes from. I will know it’s author and not live disconnected from this essential awareness. I will not look to mortals for wisdom that is beyond their reach, I will put my life in the story that God intended for me and walk in His intimacy to enjoy its fullness.


Thank you that you intend that I would have life beyond my wildest imagination. Thank you that I am experiencing that life. Thank you that there is no test for entry or intelligence of interpretation that excludes my engagement, but rather you make the way and enable my walk. Thank you that I have found me, found life, have wisdom, enjoy meaning, have capacity, life in gratitude, wake in security, and live in passion, because of you. I have not found a greater story upon which to shape life. I am blessed!


Who, what, is the shaping story for my life?

Where does the wisdom for life come from? To whom do I turn?