For many of us, our days can become quite repetitious. One day can blend into another, and time can get away from us. Our lives can become one long to-do-list as we focus on the tasks of the day, but forget about the Lord of our life. I want to challenge and encourage you with the words David wrote in one of his psalms. He wrote this to encourage the Israelites to keep their attention on God, but it applies to us gentiles as well. In Psalm, chapter 22, verse 23, it says:
“You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!”
Fear him, praise him, honor him and revere him. We need to remember God by making him central in our life. That means involving him in every area of our life. We need to reverently fear him, remembering that he is not only our friend, but he is also our master. He is God, and he has the power to destroy both our body and our soul. We must also praise him, not only for who he is, but also for what he has done. We should not be like the nine leapers who were healed and did not come back to praise Jesus. We should be like the one who came back and praised him for his deliverance. We need to honor him, understanding that we serve a Holy God, one who is almighty and whose name is higher than any other name; the God who says there is none besides him and who created us and everything we know. And we must always revere him. Our knee, as well as our hearts, should be forever bowed before him in awe and submission. Our days should never be absent of God. From when you wake up in the morning to when you go to bed at night, I hope that your thoughts are on the God of all creation and the savior of your soul.
The worries and responsibilities of life make it easy for us to take our eyes off of the reason for life. God is that reason. Nothing matters without him. We are prone to take him for granted. We are prone to taking our eyes off of him. And if we aren’t careful, we are prone to wander away from him. One way to avoid these traps is to remind ourselves, every day, of our need for God by fearing him, praising him, honoring him and revering him. Let us reflect the heart of David; a man after God’s heart. Let us proactively fix our eyes, and our hearts, on God from when we wake to when we go to sleep. After all, the Bible commands us to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. That is an all encompassing love.