Do you ever feel lost or alone? Are there times when you feel as though even God is ignoring you? Most of us have days like that – sometimes even weeks or months, so how do we deal?
According to the ancient King, David we need a change of perspective. For him it’s starts with God and continues on to how we view ourselves and our place in the universe.
David starts by acknowledging God’s self-sufficiency, power, place of authority and royal designation. He takes the time, perhaps after enjoying an evening of star-gazing, to admire God’s handiwork in the heavens. He sees it as vast, great and beautiful.
Then the King poses the question, “Why does this macro-magnificent God worry and care about us, mini-ordinary people?” The answer is that God doesn’t see us as ordinary. God views us as just a tiny-bit lower than the angels, an idea that was reinforced when Jesus took on flesh and was also referred to as a little lower than the angels. Think about it; not just a little better than the rest of the living beings on the face of the earth, rather we are just slightly less impressive than the heavenly beings. In fact the psalmist goes on to say that we are crowned with glory and honor. Does that sound like people lost on the back forty forgotten by the owner of the land?
God has designed us to be glorious beings and has entrusted us with the care of all creation. Now that’s a lofty description and some significant responsibility. You are important and you have a purpose, a bigtime job of being a steward of all we can see.
So remember, start and end with praising God and in between know that you are special in the eyes of your heavenly Father.
Songs from the past Sunday Gathering:
Come As You Are – David Crowder
10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman
Our God – Chris Tomlin
Most of us would agree that our world is in a bit of a mess. There are certainly good folks trying their best to affect change for the better, but it seems as though the bad actions of others are more powerful. Then if you add in famine, drought, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, mudslides and more it makes you just want to throw your hands up in despair. So what do you do? Where do you turn?
In Psalm 2 we are told of a time when nations, kings and powerful people where trying to go against the laws of God. They resisted because the Law of God (love God, love your neighbor and love yourself) named their desire for power and greed – WRONG!
The Psalmist tells us that God finds it amusing that these rebellious folks think they know better than him. They think that they are self-sufficient. The problem is that our self-sufficiency has limits. Eventually we run into a more powerful force or come against a circumstance over which we have no control. We can eat well, exercise and do all we know to do so that we can live a vibrant, healthy life – and to a certain degree that works. BUT, sometimes cancer or some other disease comes out of left-field and try as we might we can’t stop it. Then what do you do?
You can strike out at others, find someone to blame, get good and angry; or you can find refuge in God. That’s the answer for the Psalmist. When we find refuge in the Lord we spend time with him and if we are paying attention we begin to imitate his ways. You know, things like; turn the other cheek, love your enemies, help the marginalized, treat everyone equally and fairly, etc, etc. Now that kind of living could change our world…for the better.
Here’s the links to the songs we sang on Sunday.
All My Hope – David Crowder
Mention of Your Name – Jenn & Brian Johnson
His Name Shall Be – Matt Redman
This is the post excerpt.
We’re a little more than a week into the new year and already some are disappointed that they have failed to keep their resolutions. They’re sad and defeated. Gone is the hope for a happy new year. But is it really that cut and dry?
Of course not. There is much more to our happiness. The first thing is defining happiness. The other day someone told me it was a glass of wine and pizza to which another replied that beer and pizza made them happy. Apparently pizza is the universal happy food but the accompanying beverages vary.
Instead of happy the Bible uses words like joy and blessed. But in all actuality they are similar if not the same – depending on how you define happy. If you take the definition of the ancient song writer (author of Psalm 1), being blessed (fortunate, enriched, contented and fulfilled) doesn’t come from a varying and fleeting idea of right and wrong but delighting in the law of God. To many that can seem like a daunting task or a road map for nitpicking rules; but the truth is God’s law is pretty simple – love God, love others, love yourself. That’s it!
If we can walk in that laws simplicity and be content with what we have and who we are happiness will be our constant companion. But if we pursue empty hyped-up promises or fleeting and self-serving goals we’ll never be happy for more than a moment.
Psalm 1 tells us to not walk with those who aren’t into the great law of love, to not stand with those who keep missing the mark of a God loving life and certainly we shouldn’t sit down with those that have missed the mark so often that they’ve become cynical and mocking.
If you want to be happy, delight in God’s law, meditate on it every day and find contentment in blossoming where you are currently planted.
Here are the links to a few songs that go along with these thoughts.
Creed – Rich Mullins
If I Stand – Rich Mullins
Create In Me – Rend Collective