Sorry I haven’t written much lately. Not only has it been busy, but I haven’t quite known what to write about the last few days. God has been dealing with me in several areas. I feel His love just like the love of a father when he disciplines. These are not areas that you would see. And no, not areas that threaten my ministry. You won’t see me on the news anytime soon. But areas that need to be more like Christ. Attitudes. Pride. Priorities. These are the things God has been speaking to me about.
Today, I was in one of my favorite Psalms. 86:11 – 12 says:
11 Teach me your way, O LORD,
and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever. (NIV)
I love those verses and have prayed for that to be my attitude many times. But verse 1 hit me today.
1 Hear, O LORD, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Poor and needy here does not refer to monetary needs. Poor and needy is our position before God. Not a groveling beggar, but one who realizes that God has all that we need. Without Him we have nothing of eternal worth. Nothing that glorifies Him. That should be our attitude as we approach our Lord. Then, we celebrate His goodness!
Yes, the title is too clever for me to have come up with. If you understand politics as little as I do then this is a good article for you. Dr. Mohler is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He’s brilliant. And this time, pretty understandable for us regular folks. Anyway, good read. Enjoy.
The Caucus, the Candidates, and the Dance of Democracy
God’s words in Psalm 81 hit me again this morning. “If my people would but listen to me…” (Psalm 81:13a). Please take a moment to read this psalm today.
It begins with praise then moves to a quick recounting of God’s deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt. Then the plea, “If my people would but listen to me…” Three times God says that if they would only listen to Him He would deliver them and bless them beyond measure.
I urge you this year to seek the Lord. Listen to Him and follow His ways. Trust Him and see what He will do.
I’m not one for “New Year’s Resolutions.” Trying to make big changes just because the calendar shows a new year rarely works. I’m having trouble just writing the correct year. But the new year is naturally a time when people reflect on their lives and the course they are on. Why not make 2008 a year for seeking the Lord? There is no greater goal.
As I search the Word, I find the word “seek” and its various forms used so many times. It is tied to worship, service, finding God, and pleasing Him. We can cut through the difficulty of religion if we just do one thing: seek the God. Seek Him through His Word (the Bible). Seek Him by spending time in conversation with Him (yes, prayer, but also try to spend some time listening). Commit time to seeking Him. Get up a little earlier each day and jump into the Word. Spend time talking to and listening to God.
Let’s make 2008 the year of Seeking God!
Psalms 22:26b (NLT)
“All who seek the Lord will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.”
Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2008, despite the fact that a yearly reminder has already hit me this morning. Upon returning from our usual jaunt to L.A. (lower Alabama) to see family, I was met by the seemingly insurmountable wall of email that always floods my box in my absence. 122 to be exact. With a few distractions, it took me until lunch to finish wading through them all, even though I deleted most of them without even looking.
But one, however, caught my eye. It seemed to combine two things that I love – playing the trumpet and Star Wars. Then I clicked play and, well, see for your self.
Happy New Year!