Bible Reference: Psalm 145:17-21
Translation: The Message (MSG)
Bible Text: 17 Everything God does is right— the trademark on all his works is love. 18 God’s there, listening for all who pray, for all who pray and mean it. 19 He does what’s best for those who fear him— hears them call out, and saves them. 20 God sticks by all who love him, but it’s all over for those who don’t. 21 My mouth is filled with God’s praise. Let everything living bless him, bless his holy name from now to eternity!
OBSERVATION: This is an awesome reminder, especially during this busy time of the year for most, that our God is faithful, and that He lovingly listens to those who seriously take their petitions before Him – their Savior and their Lord. Let praise fill our hearts and our mouths for who He is and for all He does for us!
APPLICATION: Although we consider it an honor to be God’s children, can you imagine if people could honestly say that we are just like our Father, in that everything we do and say portrays a spirit of ‘godly love’? The Message says this so eloquently – that the trademark of God’s work is love! Oh that our motto would be ‘love for all of God’s children’! What an amazing Savior is Jesus my Lord! Most versions included similar verbiage as the Message in saying that God lovingly listens to those who seriously seek His face. Think about that friends! ‘Lovingly’ says to me that God patiently waits for us to get over ourselves and earnestly seek Him. It tells me that God is able to look over our doubt and our selfish requests, but looks at the heart and sees a child in need and trying to ask Him, much like we do with our earthly fathers. He knows what we need before we asks, so I am convinced that He also knows when we ask arie, or ask for something that is absolutely not in His will for our lives. So now we will look at ‘seriously seeking God’. We offer so many prayers in habit form – such as blessing of our food, and other denominational prayers printed for our use. But for us to understand ‘serious’ as I see it here in these verses, I think of times that we are about to break, or a loved one is at a very critical point, or our church is about to close its doors. Can you see how our prayers at times like these are VERY serious? Why then do we ‘casually’ pray? Do we always realize that we are speaking to the Creator of our Universe, when we approach His throne? Do we really mean what we say when we ask Him to use us to enrich the souls of others? Friends, I believe that God is lovingly waiting for us with open arms, waiting for us to share our heart with Him and ask for His help to achieve ‘life’ in a form that’s both pleasing to Him, and that will glorify Him. We should have a deep desire to be filled with the same qualities that Jesus demonstrated while here on earth. He did and said those things that the Father led Him to, and so should we. Seeing God work in these ways through us, will cause us to join with the Psalmist as he did in verse 24, and glorify the King of kings and Lord of lords for all eternity!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You for first loving me! I pray that as my readers and I concentrate on that love, and seriously seek Your face, that we will ultimately praise You for all Your wondrous works. You are amazing oh God, and You took Your commitment to show ultimate love to us at Calvary. Oh that we may in turn love you sincerely, worship You intimately and always pray to You deeply and seriously. May we imitate our Father in every way oh Lord, especially at Christmas time! AMEN!