Text: Psalm 139:19-24
Rick Warren said “Living in light of eternity changes your priorities.” Priorities are the steering wheel of life. If you really stop to think about it, we always manage to have time for the things that are the most important to us. Where do you dedicate the majority of your time? For me, it is first my husband, second my boys, then any one of my volunteer groups. Not the housework, not Facebook, not reading a book, not TV or video games. People are important, more specifically my people.
Who or what do you hate? I don’t think I really hate much of anything. It really isn’t who I am. My dad always called me the eternal optimist. However, I severely dislike plenty. Things like rudeness, hypocrisy, being lied to, arrogance just to name a few.
In Luke 14:26 Jesus makes the point that we are to love everything in our lives less than we love Him. Can you say that you love God more than your husband? Child? That is tough. I think because we are such relational people, we need tangible, here and now kind of relationships. In Psalm 139:19-22 our author is aligning himself with God. He hates those who speak about God in vain. Is God such a high priority in your life that you like everything else less. Do you spend more time with Jesus than you do your husband? That just doesn’t seem practical though, does it? We have busy lives that need regular tending to. So then how does one manage to spend more time with God than their own family? You make your every move, thought, activity, interaction, and speech all part of your daily conversation with The Lord.
For me, I had to start, when my first son was little, getting a little more creative in carving out time for The Lord. My son and I would go do the grocery shopping and while there, we would pray aloud together, about anything and everything that the day/week had presented. As all of the boys have gotten to school age and I am shopping by myself more, I still do this. Sometimes I look like a crazy lady talking to herself. For me, it is time that I can spend with the best listener. It is rarely interrupted. It works for me. Make sure you are in constant communication with God, and that your likes and dislikes line up with His. Don’t forget to extend grace to yourself and others. None of us are perfect.
As we get into the last 2 verses of Psalm 139 we see our author wrapping up his conversation by asking God to look at his heart and point out any area(s) that may need correction. To look and see if he is going down a path that wicked people would take; requesting guidance back to the road God desires for him. Why? Because he wants to be blemish-free before The Lord. He wants his relationship to be one that points to the way of everlasting life, God’s way. I also think it is one way we can make God as much of a priority in our lives, as we are to Him. When we adjust life to be more pleasing to Him, we are saying that His ways are better than our own. It says that we want what He wants. That what He wants for our life matters to us. He matters to us.
Relationships are two way streets. We can’t expect an intimately close relationship with anyone if we don’t give the relationship any effort on our behalf. You can’t have a successful marriage if only one of the two is giving their 100% and the other is giving 0%. It is too much for one to bear all on their own. While our relationship with God can be sustained on His efforts alone, we still don’t get the full potential the relationship has to offer. Much like the marriage relationship. The one giving 100% knows plenty about the other, but the one giving the bear minimum knows very little and therefore, the possible level of closeness significantly decreases. It is the same with God.
It is worth giving our all to our relationship with God. He has given us everything. He IS worthy. Worthy of our everything, because without Him, we are nothing. We have nothing if not for Him and His generosity. He is the source of our worthiness. It is Jesus’ work on the cross and the extension of God’s mercy and grace through the gift of salvation that provides us with a sense of belonging. He is the only one who is ever going to give us a sense of wholeness. If our relationship with Him is the most important, then we will have the confidence to be authentic, to be transparent, sharing who we really are… mistakes, flaws, mask-free. He is the answer. Jesus is enough. He will fill the hole that leaves you yearning for more. The emptiness that gives way to loneliness. God is where we are going to find peace in the midst of chaos. Dear sister, Jesus is the source of our worthiness. So, join me in praying that the sin in our lives be revealed, that we would be convicted to change. Let’s embark on a journey with God, to whole hearted living.