Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise you. Psalm 63:3
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Let’s begin today with a review of what was said about our focus for the week: When we look back over our lives we readily see both the good and the bad things that have come to us. Most everyone realizes that, in terms of this physical world, we do not possess a guarantee for the good nor immunity from the bad. However, we face the dilemma of having a longing deep down inside our hearts for God to “guarantee the good” and “grant immunity from the bad,” even though we know in in our minds that this is not how life works here on earth. When we allow this longing to dominate us, we gradually lose touch with the fullness of who God really is to us. We become fixated on God being to us our great “Protector” from the bad things of life that come to us in this physical world.
This colors everything, so that instead of experiencing God as a spiritual “safe place” in the middle of an unsafe physical world, we keep looking to Him to provide the physical “safe place” in this physical world that we long for. Now God can and does provide “physical protection,” but his priority is “spiritual protection.” There are spiritual things that come to us from God that are amazingly suited to his providing the “spiritual protection” we need. Those who stay in touch with the fullness of who God is, will experience his “spiritual protection” in its fullness. Our goal for this week is this: Becoming ones who fully experience God’s protection by staying in touch with the fullness of who he is. We are seeking to do this by looking each day at one of the spiritual things that come to us from God. It is hoped that this spiritual exercise will help release us from our fixation on God as our great “Protector” from the bad things of life that come to us in this physical world and help us get in touch with the fullness of who he is and the fullness of the “spiritual protection” he provides.
Do you think that deep down inside your heart you long for God to “guarantee the good” and “grant immunity from the bad?” Have you become fixated on God being your great “Protector” from the bad things of life that come to you in this physical world? Did yesterday’s spiritual exercise of looking at “the protection of God’s grace” help you with these struggles? Did it help you get more in touch with the fullness of who God is? Did it help you get more in touch with the fullness of the “spiritual protection” God provides? We touched on a couple of things earlier that will really help you with all this. Focus on letting God help you experience him as a spiritual “safe place” in the middle of an unsafe physical world. Focus on letting God help you stop looking to Him to provide the physical “safe place” in this physical world that you long for.
“Spiritual protection” really is God’s priority for us. We have spent a lot of time on this because it is very important and because it will actually help with having that which needs to happen, happen in our lives. Today’s Scripture moves us to “the protection of God’s love.” The Psalmist simply says, “Your lovingkindness is better than life?” How about you? Is God’s love better to you than life? We are not looking at an intellectual acceptance of truth here. We are looking at person who has known God intimately and has experienced his love abundantly and deeply over a sustained period of time. His conclusion is: “Your lovingkindness is better than life.”
God loves you and wants you, too, to experience his love abundantly and deeply over a sustained period of time. No one can teach you this because it is so much more than a truth to be learned and accepted. The experience of God’s love is something you enter into as you seek him, know him, and love him. One of the wonderful outcomes of knowing God and his love in an abundant, deep, and abiding way, is that “the protection of God ‘s love” will keep you from loving life too much. When we love life too much our desire to have God protect us from the bad things that interfere with the life we love will overshadow what he brings to us through his grace and love and all the other spiritual things we will look at over the remainder of our week. So, for today believe the truth that God’s love will protect you from the hardship of loving life too much. Seek him with all that you are and you will know and experience his love like never before.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, thank you for your amazing love and for the way you are at work helping me to enter into it more fully. I sense that I am being released from the wrong grip life has had on me. I am so glad the your “spiritual protection” is becoming such an important focus in my life. I give myself to you in a fresh and new way. Amen!
Posted on Tue, September 13, 2016
by Ken Hart