Monday, February 20, 2012

I'm Back! (Back to the Basics, that is!)

Hey everyone, I've missed you! I'll spare you the "crazy life" excuses for not having written much lately and instead jump right into my message! :)

Have you ever felt like you've fallen into a lull? Like you just don't have a purpose or ambition in life anymore? Like there are dozens of paths spreading out before you, but you don't know which one to take? Or perhaps that there's one very clear path, but you no longer have a desire to walk it?

Yeah, I've felt like that before too. So, here's something that's helped me out when I feel like a mouse stuck in the bottom of a garbage can, or like a sloth sleeping in a dead tree, or--well, you get the idea. 

Psalm 19:7 says "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul."

Wow! You mean there's actually an antidote for that comatose, walking-around-like-a-zombie feeling I get sometimes?  Yep. God's given us his law, meaning the Bible, to revive our soul. But that's not ALL it does! Side effects may include: 
-Making wise the simple
-Giving joy to the heart
-Giving light to the eyes
and much, much more! 
Please consult your Great Physician before applying. See Psalm 19 and 119 for more details.

Here's the thing: David (the writer of Psalm 19) sounds to me like he just went through some pretty nasty stuff (check out Psalm 17!). But then God delivered him, as we can see from Psalm 18, and Psalm 19 makes me think he's just gotten totally re-inspired and re-wired for going back out there and doing God's will! He looks up at the sky and says, "Woah. The God that made all that totally just saved little old me! He must really care about me." And then I think he dove headfirst into God's law to read more about what God was like! After a refreshing bath in the total truth of God's word, he was ready to go! The second half of Psalm 19 is like David saying, "Dude! This stuff is powerful! It does everything! You've got to try some." 

God's word revived David's soul. He was so fired up that he was afraid he might make a mistake. He begged God to "Forgive my hidden faults" and "Keep your servant also from willful sins."  He certainly doesn't want to end up getting stuck in a quagmire of sin and guilt or return to a place of despondency and despair!

After seeing how powerful God is through his creation and learning of his righteousness and love through the Word of God, he announces his battle plan:
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." (Psalm 19:14)  He was ready to do God's will in all things, at all times. But he wasn't doing it on his own. 

So let's review:

David looked up to the sky and pondered the greatness of God. When was the last time you were floored by the awesomeness of God?  If you don't remember, it's time to take a nice long ponder about life. Try this for starters:

Then David looked into God's Word to learn more about the Lord and his incredible plans for us. God's word really does revive the soul, give joy to the heart, and give light to the eyes! But don't take my word for it--take God's word for it!. 

Finally, he looked forward to the incredible journey God had waiting for him, and committed to going all out. 

I've decided to join with David and say, "God, I don't know what's coming next, but whatever it is, I want ME to be totally pleasing and honoring to YOU in how I handle it. Show me what you want me to do--with your strength as my foundation, and your forgiveness as my inspiration. I am yours--TOTALLY and completely.  Let's go do something earth-shattering."

Please join me as I go back to the basics--the thing on which I base my life, God's law (aka the Bible)--and let His Words revive my soul and give me a new fire for life! Let's go! 

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