Monday, September 22, 2003
"What I want instead is your true thanks to God;
I want you to fulfill your vows
to the Most High.
Trust Me in your times of trouble,
and I will rescue you,
and you will give Me glory."
-- Psalm 50:14-15
There's alot of confusion in our world, alot of distraction to keep us from finding our way. As christians, we're often left wondering "why am I here?" or "what's God's will" - and we lose sight of God through the fog. Whether it's our own stress, our own mistakes and failures, or even our own triumphs and successes - most of this stuff serves to keep us from some hidden-but-just-around-the-corner destiny. We know it's there, but we can't see it, can't find it, can't grab onto it.
Then there's a passage like this from Psalm 50. What if we could simplify life to the point of just giving true thanks to God and fulfilling our commitment to His calling on our lives? That's it. And when trouble comes - as if it ever really leaves - you trust Him, and He promises to send in the rescue posse. And in all that, you'll bring glory to Him; you'll reflect His character, bringing Him honor in this place.
What if we could clear away all the stuff in our lives that does not belong, including the church-y things that God did not call us to but that we're strung out on anyway? And what if that cleaning/cleansing process revealed a clarity, a focus, a revelation of who God is and how He wants you to partner with Him?