It’s Time To Take Off The Blinders

Psalm 119:18 – “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”

I heard a sad statistic today. A recent survey says that 55% of wives have had extramarital sex. (Slightly less than husbands). 90% of them said that they didn’t regret it. See: The Growing Trend of Cheating.

While 90% may not regret it now, they will later. Sin has a way of being satisfying for a season, and then it burns us. In Psalm 119:17, David asks God to open his eyes so that he can see the wonderful things in God’s law. God’s law, wonderful? Yes, it is. And, when we follow it, life goes well. Put work into meeting your spouse’s needs by honoring her or him and guess what? Life goes better.

God tells us throughout Scripture to love others more than we love ourselves. He tells us to look out to the needs of others before we look out for our own. He tells us over and over again what is best for us. And, over and over again we try to say that we know better than God. It is as if we have put the blinders over our eyes and we don’t want to see any of the value in following God’s ways. Oh, that we would grasp the love that God has for us. His laws are not meant to suffocate, but to give life. Paul describes this love in Romans 8:38-39 when he writes, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Open your eyes. His law is beautiful.

Dear God,

It’s easy to put the blinders on in today’s world. The grass looks greener on the other side, so we stray towards that which brings your grief and us consequences. Help us to trust in You. Help us to remember that you have our best interest in mind. Help us not to settle for less than your best in our lives. Help us to follow your law.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

The King Who Viewed Himself As A Servant

Psalm 119:17 – “Do good to your servant, and I will live; I will obey your word.”

He had it all. He lived in a beautiful palace. He had great riches. The people that he ruled loved him. In the world in which he lived, David was the biggest celebrity. People around the world respected and feared him. He had servants who waited on him day and night. And, he recognized that in the grand scheme of life, he was nothing.

In Psalm 119:17, David implored God to be good to him. When I read this I want to say, “Duh, David, you are the king. God has been good.” But, I think that David is recognizing that everything that is good, has been given to him by God. Even his life is in God’s hands. That’s why David asks for God to be good. Just as last week, we read of David’s fear that God’s Spirit would be taken from him, this week we see that David’s fear of the Lord even extended to his very life.

David reveals something else about his character in this verse. And that is that he truly did regard himself as God’s servant. That had to be tough for the celebrity King. And, yet, David, the man after God’s own heart, probably didn’t even give it a second thought. When David lived with God at the center of his life, and as God’s servant, Israel prospered. When he strayed, his family and his country suffered.

In Psalm 84:10, David wrote, “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.”

He understood what it meant to be a servant. And, I need to learn all the more what it means to be a servant of God.

Dear God,

Help me to strive to descend to the role of a servant. Help me relish in the opportunities that I have to make You look good to the world around me. Help me to take joy in the low positions, and not seek to puff myself up. Help me to live for You and Your glory.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.