Read Psalm 16:1-11
Reins steer a well-trained horse.
If you pull right, he turns right. If you pull left, he turns left. The better trained he is, the lighter your touch on the reins to direct him.
However, if he isn’t trained, it won’t matter how hard you pull. He will simply resist.
When our hearts are united, created, and readied by God, we are well trained and sensitive to His leading.
God knows that including us in His work is what is best for us. He doesn’t need us, but He does want us to help in His work!
It is kind of like me including my kids in doing the laundry. I don’t need them to help, but I know it will be good for them if I include them. The benefits include spending time together, instructing them to do it correctly, them learning to take instruction, them taking pride in doing a job well, and eventually, me not having as much laundry to do by myself.
The Psalmist, that expert on the heart, wrote, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices. My flesh also dwells secure.”
When we allow God to take the reins, and we respond in obedience at His slightest touch, the result is security, joy, hope, and safety.
When we submit our hearts to the One who made us, we find our rest in Him.