Yahweh, our Lord, how magnificent is Your name throughout the earth! You have covered the heavens with Your majesty. (Psalm 8:1)
Sometimes for me those words become so trite. I praise God for His creation, thanking Him for His glory and splendor. But do I really mean it? If I really pause and try to digest the truth of Psalm 8:1 what does that do for me? I think living in America, being so commercialized, surrounded by technology, having a plethora of choices, never lacking for food, clothing or shelter – do I really stop and soak in God’s majesty? The sad truth is, I don’t. I will praise and thank God for my family, friends, my life… but rarely do I truly stop and thank God for who He is through and through. I can tell you about American Idol, my kids’ lacrosse games, the latest New York Times’ Bestseller, the price of gas, and the latest status updates on Facebook. I am so distracted by all of the “noise” in life. I long to have a pure heart. I want to be able to be in this world but not of it. I don’t want to be defined by the temporary things of this life. I long for more. I want my soul to be satisfied.
The truth is, though, I live in 2011. The distractions will remain. But it is how I choose to respond to the distractions that will determine where my treasure lies. There is nothing wrong with American Idol, Facebook, lacrosse, or fiction! But when they become my gods, that’s when I lose sight of God’s majesty — it’s when I have a hard time soaking in who God truly is. I desire to be more God-focused. For me, this means that I really need to prioritize my life. It means that maybe I need to get up a little bit earlier to spend time with Him, pouring over His word, talking to Him, listening to Him. Maybe it means spending less time watching TV and surfing the internet. Maybe it means more time listening to worship music, investing into relationships, and serving Him.
Thankfully, God is a God of grace and second chances. Thankfully no matter how many times I fail Him, His arms are open wide ready to receive me back. I am so glad that I can begin again…
Thank you, Jesus, that You love me with an unfailing love!