In the way of your testimonies I delight

as much as in all riches.

Psalm 119: 14

 

The writer of this psalm has used words that are not all that popular in our world, within our culture, and often to ourselves. He speaks of purity, commandments, statutes, and rules, and he also sets out sinlessness as the goal of all of this. Most people struggle with following the direction of another to the degree that we seek to place our lives under their authority and take direction from them in the sort of absolute manner that is stated here. Even when we know Christ and use the term Lord when we speak of and to Him, we don’t truly mean it in an all inclusive, surrendered and yielded way. Too often Lord is a term of honor or just a convenient name for God, but it is not an expression of complete submission and a marker of unwavering obedience.

 

Yet, that is what God desires from us. He wants us to follow Him into life and throughout our daily journeys with absolute trust and out of a faith in Him that is imbedded deeply within our hearts and minds. Although God allows each of us to make our own decisions about the way that we conduct our lives, His will is met and His wishes are fulfilled when we seek out the truth of God’s Word and respond to it without question or deviation. In listening and responding to God’s voice we find life. That is both the eternity of living in the presence of God in Heaven and the joy and peace of dwelling in His presence throughout the remaining days of our current life.

 

We can accept and follow all of what God tells us to do, for His only motivation is love. God wants all people to know deeply the love that gave everything so that we could dwell in His presence fully. Sin is separation from God, and Christ has paid the price for all sin; this means that anyone who accepts Him is present with God. Still, if I wish to live in the fullest possible appreciation of that presence, I need to accept the fact that God has a plan for me and a purpose for my life that is greater than my own. If I wish to be filled with God’s imperishable riches, I must fill my mind and my heart with the treasure of His Word and faithfully live each day by walking along the Lord’s righteous path.

Of the Son, God, the Father, says,

“Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.”

Hebrews 1: 8 (quoting Psalm 45: 6)

 

We people make decisions about allegiances and memberships all of the time. We join a group that looks like it has common goals and values to us, or we pay the fee and gain admittance into a society that promises to provide us with certain things that we desire to have. Some of these affiliations and relationships are long lasting and some have very short lives; yet, most of us put a significant amount of energy into the process of selecting them and into maintaining them. Still, all of these human connections will suffer from imperfection and instances of failure, and we will wind up abandoning many of them.

 

Here God is pointing the way to entering into the one and the only truly permanent relationship that exists in the universe. God is telling us that Jesus is the ruler of Creation, that His reign has always existed, and that it will never stop. If I want to find consistency, truth, and real durability in this life; then I need to start with the foundation from which all of these things are built. Jesus brings the understanding and the wisdom of eternity to my weak and wandering heart and mind, and He also has the authority, the power, and the desire to actually cause my world to change.

 

Before I sign one more membership application, pledge my loyalty to any other group, or commit to a new affiliation; it would be good to be certain that everything that I am doing fits into Christ’s plan for working through me to redeem this world. He rules the world with righteousness, and He wants all of His people to bring that righteousness with us into every minute of our days. To follow Jesus is to follow the only ruler who will absolutely still be reigning over all at the end of the day. To follow Jesus is to join Eternity’s select group.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2: 4-6

 

Eternity is not just some far off time and place where we hope and plan to go after this period of earthly living is done. It is much more immediate and far more tangible than that. I believe that God wants us to realize that when we accept the saving relationship with Jesus we are also entering into a this-life changing one with Him. Since we were created, God has desired to be in daily contact with people. He wants to talk with us, He seeks to guide us, and He provides for our needs.

 

My orientation has been changed by this relationship. Also; Christ is a part of me now; thus, my viewpoint has been altered to one that is more like God’s. One of the great challenges in this is to maintain an attitude that is truly righteous; for God does see things differently than I do without Him. However, instead of being more ridged, demanding, and condemning; God is understanding, accepting, and all-loving. It is vital for me to stay reminded of the fact that God chased after me when I was a walking spiritual corpse and that He continues to love me and to pursue me no matter what I do. Christ directs me to do nothing less with others.

 

For me the idea that I have a chair, a place of honor, to sit by God’s side is amazing, and it is humbling. There is something extraordinary about sitting with God. It means that He wants me to stay for a while and talk, it means that He wants me to feel safe and that He is accessible, and it means that I have been invited to dwell with Christ and to live in the splendor of the Lord’s house. My life has been absolutely altered by this new vantage point on life and on living, for my soul and my mind can now see with something close to the clarity of God, and my purpose should become God’s, too.  Each day we can look around at our environment and truly open the eyes of our hearts to see Christ’s presence. We can talk with Him closely, intimately, and directly so that His view of the day can become ours, and we can choose to focus on how Christ is in us and on what it means to be truly alive in Him.

 

Of the Son, God, the Father, says,

“Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.”

Hebrews 1: 8 (quoting Psalm 45: 6)

 

We people make decisions about allegiances and memberships all of the time. We join a group that looks like it has common goals and values to us, or we pay the fee and gain admittance into a society that promises to provide us with certain things that we desire to have. Some of these affiliations and relationships are long lasting and some have very short lives; yet, most of us put a significant amount of energy into the process of selecting them and into maintaining them. Still, all of these human connections will suffer from imperfection and instances of failure, and we will wind up abandoning many of them.

 

Here God is pointing the way to entering into the one and the only truly permanent relationship that exists in the universe. God is telling us that Jesus is the ruler of Creation, that His reign has always existed, and that it will never stop. If I want to find consistency, truth, and real durability in this life; then I need to start with the foundation from which all of these things are built. Jesus brings the understanding and the wisdom of eternity to my weak and wandering heart and mind, and He also has the authority, the power, and the desire to actually cause my world to change.

 

Before I sign one more membership application, pledge my loyalty to any other group, or commit to a new affiliation; it would be good to be certain that everything that I am doing fits into Christ’s plan for working through me to redeem this world. He rules the world with righteousness, and He wants all of His people to bring that righteousness with us into every minute of our days. To follow Jesus is to follow the only ruler who will absolutely still be reigning over all at the end of the day. To follow Jesus is to join Eternity’s select group.