A ton of stuff to take in this morning. Moses presses hard on the children of Israel as they prepare to take the land which God has promised them . . . “Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth'” (Deut. 8:17). Moses earnestly encourages them towards pursuing the God of the commandments and the commandments of God and to “take care lest you forget the LORD your God” (Deut. 6:12, 8:11).
And then in Romans 10 and 11, Paul talks of a people who had forgotten their God . . . who had boasted in their power and might . . . who had rested in their own righteousness such that there hearts were hardened to the gospel of grace proclaimed by their Messiah . . . He who died on the cross, was buried, and on the third day rose again . . . and, as such, “they were broken off because of their unbelief” (Rom. 11:20). But “God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew” . . . “at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace” (Rom 11:2, 5).
And in the middle of these two readings was Jesus betrayal in the garden . . . the beginning of His final march toward Calvary . . . the place where, as the Lamb of God, He would give His life for man’s sin . . . and become the basis upon which men and woman could attain a righteous that is by faith . . . justified by God based on the finished work of His blessed Son.
And with all this churning in my mind and heart, I finish up this morning’s reading in the Psalms and there am captured by the songwriters desire for His God . . .
O God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for You, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary, beholding Your power and glory. (Psalm 63:1-2 ESV)
What grabs me is the psalmist’s preoccupation with the pursuit of God as highlighted by the repetition of the word “You”. I earnestly seek You . . . my soul thirsts for You . . . my flesh faints for You . . . I have looked upon You (vv. 1-2). And it goes on . . . “I will bless You” (v.4) . . . “I remember You . . . and meditate on You” (v.6) . . . “my soul clings to You” (v.8).
You, You, You!
Is there any greater pursuit? What tops “You” on the priority list? And while I know the answer to those questions is “No” and “Nothing!” . . . I also know how easy it for things to be otherwise. How easy it is for me to get so preoccupied with self . . . to get so distracted with circumstance . . . to get so busy with commitments . . . that while it may not be necessarily all about “me, me, me”, I know that way too often it is less than a pursuit of “You, You, You.”
I know that you have to do life . . . I know that there’s a lot on the plate and only so much that I can keep in my brain . . . but how I long to know the reality of the psalmist’s holy preoccupation. To seek God . . . to thirst for Him. To be still long enough to look upon Him afresh . . . to meditate and remember . . . and then to bless Him who is worthy of all worship. To have a soul which desires to cling to Him . . . to be anchored to Him . . . to know the sure-footing of being in Him and He in me.
A ton of stuff to take in this morning, Father. You are the God who provides righteousness through Your Son . . . You are the God who preserves Your people for Your name’s sake . . . You are the God who persistently and faithfully leads Your people based on Your promise. It is about You, You, You.
May it be more so in my life . . . by Your grace . . . for Your glory.