A song of ascents. Of David.
1 My heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord
both now and forevermore.
Read this scripture passage again and envision all of the things in your life right now that distract you from connecting with God. Are there “great matters” in your life that trouble you, that seem to pull you under, things that toss you about and make you live in constant tension? What is this life truly about? Do we struggle for a paycheck to pay for the things we want and things we can’t afford? Is life only about the jobs we want, the trips we long to take and the acclaim we long for? Doesn’t that sort of get old after a while? I mean, what happens when you achieve that next goal, and that next promotion? Or…what happens when you don’t? Is this what life is all about?
I’m not saying that we don’t work hard and we don’t care for our families – we should. But there has to be more to life than just those important things. We were created to have fellowship with God. We were created to consider who He is to us. In the Bible within the collection of Psalms are psalms known as the psalms of ascent. These Psalms of ascent were used to help worshipers prepare their hearts and minds to enter into the Temple – there place where God’s presence would dwell. So as they went up to the temple, these verses would be read or brought to mind through memorization. Is it no wonder there are powerful lines like: “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains. Where will my help come from?” (Psalm 121:1) The worshiper would keep these verses in mind and on their heart as they prepared themselves to be in the presence of God.
How are we preparing our hearts?
Howe are renewing our minds?
Are we consumed with pride?
Are there areas of our lives that we do not allow God access to?
Can we come to God as little children – totally vulnerable?
God desires fellowship with us every moment of every day…how much time are we willing to give Him?
Something more to ponder today.
God Bless you!