Do you have a bible passage, a verse, a psalm, a bible book which is particularly close to your heart? Possibly one of Paul’s letters, the Acts of the apostle or perhaps a gospel or maybe something from the Old Testament. I must admit my hope; indeed my prayer is that more than just one verse or passage resonates with you. A popular saying, you are what eat is not just applicable to the food we eat to sustain our physical body. The expression can easily be interpreted in a symbolic way about other facets of life. What we read, where we go, what we watch and how we day dream (and so on), all these activities impact the core of who we are. Being a disciple of Jesus should influence and determine all we do and all we say.
Psalm 40 is one of my favorite passages of scripture. I like it for several reasons. The main reason I can identify with this psalm is I see in it a full account of life. The psalmist reflects on God’s provision at a previous moment, acknowledges God’s sovereignty, expresses the need to tell others of God, and exalts God for His faithfulness. This certainty is present in the words of the psalm despite the ever present experience of calamity. Despite the hardship the outlook of the author is articulated midway as he writes.
8 I take joy in doing your will, my God,
for your instructions are written on my heart.
9 I have told all your people about your justice.
I have not been afraid to speak out,
as you, O Lord, well know.
10 I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart;
I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power.
I have told everyone in the great assembly
of your unfailing love and faithfulness.
A.W. Tozer, in The Pursuit of Holiness argues that God is at work in calling us and enabling us to respond to Him. In doing so he quotes Psalm 63:8, “my soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me”. He writes, “In this dive “upholding” and human “following” there is no contradiction. All is of God. In practice, however, (that is where God’s previous working meets man’s response) man must pursue God. On our part there must be positive reciprocation if this drawing of God is to eventuate in identifiable experience of the Divine.” A little further on Tozer seems to lament, without the whole hearted pursuit “the man is saved but he is not hungry nor thirsty after God”
Coming back to Psalm 40, in verse 17 at the close of the Psalm the author writes.
As for me, since I am poor and needy,
let the Lord keep me in his thoughts.
You are my helper and my saviour.
O my God, do not delay.
The words identify with his humanity. The words seek relationship as they acknowledge Him as helper, saviour and God.
How hungry are you for the things of God?
Blessings, Pastor Stewart.