As a follower of Christ, there are days when I feel so close to God and there are days when I don’t.
Plain and simple, it’s my own fault.
Confession: Lately, I haven’t been investing time in my relationship with Christ like I want to be.
I let the excuse of being too busy get in the way of sitting down or kneeling down and having some much-needed one on one time with the King, Jesus.
Last night, after some much-needed girl time and then coming home and watching my husband and his friends play (video games and ping pong are his thing), I decided to flip open Psalms and start from the beginning… and what I came across was like fresh cold water to a died up and possibly cracked cistern.
“Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.”
Really though, go back and read that again.
The man who is blessed, his delight is in the law of The Lord.
Who doesn’t want to be blessed?
Whether is it physical or spiritual, I know I want to be blessed because I know blessings come straight from God and I want to be near to Him.
God’s Word says that the blessed man or woman is the one who delights in God’s Word.
My desire is that I may delight in God’s Word day and night because delighting in His Word means delighting in Him. It’s the place where I hear from Him, learn about Him, grow near to Him.
“And in His law he meditates day and night…”
Blessed is the woman who meditates, sits quietly, focuses in on God. God Himself, Jesus, His Word… day and night!
Confession: I am yearning to hear Him. To be close to Him. I am over barely talking to Him.
The dishes can wait. That text can wait. My dog can wait. For crying out loud, lunch can wait.
Reading those three short verses of Psalms got to me.
I have a marriage, friendships, and responsibilities that need Jesus.
They aren’t in jeopardy or anything right now, but who do I think I am if I only run to God when things get bad. “Oh, no God, you can’t have my life. It’s pretty good right now, I don’t need you right now. I’ll let ya know if things start looking bad and that’s when you can fix ’em right up.”
Here I am, God. I lay my marriage at your feet because I am not strong enough to do it on my own. I lay my social life at your feet because without your help, I am just a selfish person. Here is my life along with all of my plans because I don’t even know what is happening tomorrow.
God knows. He knows you, your heart, your thoughts… And He cares. He longs for us. He died to save us from sin, hell, our own selves… so that we could be in relationship with Him.
I think little ole me can make time to kneel at His feet and praise Him.
Confession: God wants a relationship with you. A day and night for the rest of your years intimate relationship.
He wants the kind of relationship where you talk and walk together. You know His heart and He knows yours. You can’t get that by sitting in a church pew on Sunday and going out to the bar on Monday. You can’t get that by reading the Bible once or twice a year. You can’t get that by only talking to God when you need Him to do something for you.
You get that by praying day and night, reading His Word day and night, praising Him day and night, sharing His love with others day and night, boasting in Jesus only day and night, knowing and loving His ways day and night, walking with Him day and night.
The life that knows God…That’s a blessed life.