God is intimately and intricately involved in every facet of our lives!
Psalm 139 has been a go-to for me in the past few months. In frustration, in questioning, in trial, or whatever, the truths in this Psalm are so comforting.
O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I sit down and when I rise up;
You discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways...(139:1-3)
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from you presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!...(139:7-8)
How precious to me are your thoughts O God!
How vast the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake and I am still with You. (139:17-18)
Search Me O God and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts.
And see if there be any grievous way in me, and
lead me in the way everlasting. (139:23-24)
It is easy in our humanity to lose sight of these matchless truths, but the beauty of our Lord is that He is constant, sovereign, and good in all things...never has he left us or forsaken us and at our worst He is there. The hymn writer in "come thou fount" explained our tendencies well when he wrote:
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love.
But in our ability to waver, struggle, and even wander at times, God truly does know our thoughts, our ways, and takes our heart, and seals it for His courts above!
In the Psalm 139 portions above, you'll notice the first two stanzas basically sum up that God knows everything about us to the most minuscule detail, and there is no chance that He is not with us in everything. Then, in the final two stanzas we see that David, after acknowledging that God was with Him, turned His own attention onto God. David began to say to the Lord how important His ways were to him, and asked Him to search him and root out any sin found.
God's attention is always on us. ALWAYS! But just as David models, as we acknowledge Gods attention towards us, we must turn our attention towards Him! Turning our attention towards God amidst trials or storms or even in good times is a choice. We can choose to lean on our own understanding OR in all our ways acknowledge HIM and he will make our paths straight (Prov.3:5-6). But choosing to keep our attention on God does 2 things for us, as modeled by David:
1. Brings a desire for Holiness, as we ask the Lord to search us, know our hearts, and purify us.
2. Allows God to lead us down the narrow road of everlasting life in Jesus!
We can all say we want to be more like Christ in Holiness, and have God lead us down His path rather than walk alone! Amen? So knowing that our God is intimately and intricately involved in every facet of our lives, lets keep our attention focused on Him, the author, perfecter, and finisher of our faith and lives!
Post #6, Day #6: Five minutes to spare...phew:) Be blessed!