“I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8).

      To set the LORD always before us does not mean to literally keep or place an image or picture before us. It is to think about Him always and give Him priority in all actions and thoughts. To fail to have the LORD in one’s thoughts, would be a lapse in devotion to God. We thereby open doors for trouble. Since the LORD was David’s Bridegroom, he kept the LORD always before him. Psalm 16 depicts a bride sweetly conversing with her bridegroom. The mark of a faithful wife, is to keep her husband always before her by thinking always of him. We live before the LORD when we acknowledge Him wherever we go and whatever we do. “My meditation of Him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD” (Psalm 104:34). The LORD stands constantly on the right side of the one who contemplates continually on Him. Since the warriors usually carry their shields in their left hand and their swords in their right hand. The right side speaks of strength, support and security. Abraham stood before the King of Salem before he stood before the king of Sodom. Many are put to shame before men, because they fail to stand before God. In 1 Kings 17, Elijah stood before the LORD and so he was able to boldly stand before Ahab, the wicked king. To stand before the LORD demands a life of personal commitment, obedience, prayer, total dependence on God and a pure conscience.

  1. A LIFE OF PERSONAL COMMITMENT: “….. As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand …..” (1 Kings 17:1). Elijah does not say before whom I stood or will stand, but before whom I stand. To stand before the LORD is not an experience of a day, or a week, but it is a habitual experience. Make a commitment to live before the LORD. Proverbs 8:34, “Blessed is the man that heareth Me, watching DAILY at my gates…..” Daily is the word that suggests personal commitment. He lives before God not when he feels like it, but lives daily before the LORD. He finds God and along with God he finds life and favour. Many have dedicated their lives, but only few have committed to live daily before the Lord. Make a commitment to stand before God on a daily basis. Your blessings depend upon your personal commitment. “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice” (Psalm 55:17). Jews pray three times a day, because Abraham sought God early in the morning, Isaac at noon time and Jacob in the night. Daniel’s personal commitment made him to pray before God three times a day in spite of his busy schedule. Such people will experience answered prayers.
  1. A LIFE OF OBEDIENCE: “So he (Elijah) went and did according unto the word of the LORD…..” (1 Kings 17:5). Since Elijah obeyed the LORD, he stood before Him. To stand before the LORD is a picture of a servant who waits upon his master. So Elijah says, “LORD! I am your servant standing before you. I am waiting for your orders.” Tell the LORD, “LORD! I want to obey Your instruction and advice. I want to stand before You.” Elijah literally did according to what God told him. The result was that the widow of Zarephath did just what Elijah told her. “She went and did according to the saying of Elijah …..” (1 Kings 17:15). If parents live in obedience to God’s Word, then their children will be obedient to their words. Disobedience of parents results in disobedience of their children. Since in all of life’s affairs, the last word is with God, we need to obey Him. Obedience is not less than what we are asked to do. Disobedience in little things may cause a great loss. Apostle Paul told the Centurion not to venture on the journey as there would be much damage to the ship and to their lives, but the Centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than the words spoken by Paul. As a result, when the tempest arose, they lost everything except their lives. Even so, the so called unsinkable ship, Titanic sunk into the depths of the ocean, because the captain ignored the warnings about icebergs from others ships.
  2. A LIFE OF PRAYER: “Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth …… And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit” (James 5:17, 18). A man who prays to God continually will live before the LORD. Elijah lived before the LORD and hence he lived a life of prayer. Elijah’s prayer was not an ordinary prayer, but earnest prayer. King Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD and spread forth his hands toward Heaven and prayed to the LORD God of Israel. Abraham stood before the LORD and prayed for Lot. “….. Abraham stood yet before the LORD. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” (Genesis 18:22, 23). Increase your prayer life and strengthen it. This is the month to stand before the LORD in prayer. We need to pray that we might pray. Let us be men and women of prayer. When man listens, God speaks. When a man obeys, God acts. But when a man prays, God empowers. Prayer is the rail on which the train of God’s power moves. The less men pray, the less God moves. Tell the LORD, “LORD! In these last days, I am going to spend time in prayer.”
  1. A LIFE OF TOTAL DEPENDANCE ON GOD: “Elijah, the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand …..” (1 Kings 17:1).The Bible does not give any background of Elijah and his genealogy. He had an insignificant beginning. He stood before Ahab not to seek monetary help. Usually people come to great kings for some assistance. But Elijah was different because his dependency was on his God. His help came from the LORD. A man who stands before the LORD, will never stand before people seeking any help. His needs are met by the LORD Himself. A true servant of God will never express his need even to his parents. For the LORD who called him is the faithful One. Only those servants of God who do not stand before God, will stand before people for help. You may have so many needs, but God alone is your source. God may use different channels to supply your needs. Channels may become dry, but the source never runs dry. Wives, your husbands are not your source. They may not be in a position to meet your needs always. If you do not understand that God is your source, you will become frustrated in life. Depend on God alone.
  1. A LIFE OF PURE CONSCIENCE: “Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand …..” (1 Kings 17:1). Anybody or everybody cannot stand before the LORD. Only those who have their conscience void of offense can stand before the LORD. People who have a guilty conscience, can never stand before Him. Look at the testimony of Apostle Paul. “Paul … said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day” (Acts 23:1). To stand before the LORD demands a good conscience. The testimony of your conscience is the greatest testimony that you can ever receive. “For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience…..” (2 Corinthians 1:12). No man can scan your motives. It is a secret between the LORD and you. So do not ever be taken up by what others say about you. The people who speak high of you today, will throw you down tomorrow. Do not be worried about the evil that people speak against you. They can never know all about you. True reality can be judged by God alone. In the last days, people will speak lies in hypocrisy having their conscience seared with a hot iron. We cannot stand before God in our trespasses. “O LORD God of Israel, Thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before Thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before Thee because of this” (Ezra 9:15).

Elijah boldly stood before murderous Ahab. David stood fearlessly before Goliath. Elijah received the word directly from God. God’s plan for us is to listen to Him, and not man. When I fail to stand before God, others will tell me what I should do. Elijah experienced unusual boldness, a direct Word from God, divine guidance, divine supply, new spiritual experiences and divine honour. As God honoured Elijah, God honours them that live before Him.