Psalm 45 – a worship:
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
7 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
8 All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
9 Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir. NASB
Lord, You are upright and holy. You love righteousness and hate wickedness. O, that I might also love righteousness and hate wickedness.
The King’s daughter is all glorious within;
Her clothing is interwoven with gold. Psalm 45:13 NASB
These words echo to me down a corridor of years. Revive my heart, O God.
1 Corinthians 9:
19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. ESV
The passionate heartbeat to win for Christ. To love for Christ. To serve for Christ. To live for the sake of the gospel and have full realization of its blessings. To know the fullness of freedom to such extent, that I can become all things while still living free.
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control,[b] lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. ESV
Focus. Discipline. Intensity. Drive. “So run that you may obtain it.” Do I recognize the imperishable wreath that could be mine? Do I order my days, my life- with purpose?
Lord, help me love You more. Have mercy on me. Be gracious unto me. Let my life reflect Your love and beauty. Help me pause and be still so that I can evaluate the focus and direction of my days. Am I living in concert with Your purpose? Apprehend my heart with Your love. Let me be single-eyed unto You.