Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Today’s Topic: What Are We Living For?
Today’s Text: Psalm 119:88 (ESV) In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.
What’s on the agenda for today?
The picture you see is of the construction team meeting this morning to discuss the next week’s work schedule on our new church. The steel joists will be arriving for the roof and they will be set in place this week. These men are really focused on this project, and we praise God for their work.
What’s on your agenda for today? As you woke up this morning I’m sure you had a mental list of things that you wanted to accomplish. There’s the list of business and employment tasks, personal tasks, household tasks, and who knows what else. Life fills up pretty fast with all of the responsibilities that result from our choices.
Hey wait a minute! Suddenly a conversation breaks out in my mind. It’s more like an argument.
My choices? Life is thrust upon me. Other people are to blame. I didn’t choose this.
Really? So other people determine my priorities? Other people choose for me what I invest my resources and time in? My circumstances get to dictate my agenda?
Well, when you put it that way, it does sound like I have no control over anything, and that’s a pretty foolish way to go through life.
Look carefully at what was going on in the life of the Psalmist when he wrote today’s verse:
- He was being persecuted and was running out of strength. How long must your servant endure? When will you judge those who persecute me? (Verse 84)
- He was surrounded by people rejecting God’s law who were setting traps for him. The insolent have dug pitfalls for me; they do not live according to your law.(Verse 85)
- He was being lied about and cried out for help. All your commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me! (verse 86)
- His life was almost ended by the attacks of others. They have almost made an end of me on earth, (verse 87)
Now look how he responds – In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth. Do you see it? He asks God to grant him more life so he has more opportunity to obey and experience the testimonies of the Lord. His priority is to live every day in the experience of the presence of the Lord. He doesn’t change his priorities because of the circumstances. He doesn’t allow people to dictate his agenda. He doesn’t ask God for more life so he can accomplish more of the things he wants to do. He says, Lord, give me life so that I can experience more of your love, obey more of your commands, and experience more of you!”
So let me ask again, What’s on your agenda for today?