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I can’t do it

“My heart is not proud, Lord.  My eyes are not haughty.  I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.” Psalm 131:1.

An impossibility!

My culture is infested with self-worship.  I want to be the best.  I want to get ahead.  I want to be recognized for my accomplishments.

This verse goes in the other direction.  I am not to look for credit.  I am not to consider myself better than someone else.

My mind is to be on “lesser” things.

My mind needs to be filled with a persistent search to please God.  I must do what He wants within the framework of being His servant.  Just doing His Will must be my driving influence.

My reward is eternal.  I have better than His praise; I have His assurance.  I will be with Him in the after-life.  I can’t help but want to work full-time for Him because of His grace in my direction.

He’s in charge.  I have no advantages over others.  We are all in this world together.  I don’t try to please Him to get Him to love me because He already does.  I please Him to show Him that I love Him because I do.

My willingness to please Him must not wane.  Circumstances must not change my desire to please Him.

Conclusion: I must take my hands off the controls of my life and give them to Him or I will fail miserably.

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To God be the glory?

“My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty. I am not concerned about great matters or things too wonderful for me.”  Psalm 131:1.

I tend to watch a lot of football this time of year.  Seasons are winding down and the games are often tense and exciting.

One of my biggest peeves about football games gets activated when a team scores.  I cringe as individuals self-celebrate. I know (but do they?) that they are a mere speck in the bigger picture that led to the accomplishment.

Today’s verse celebrates someone who is not proud.

What keeps someone who had accomplished much (David in this case) from self-praise?  I believe that an awareness of those who made the accomplishment possible rules the behavior.

A football player scoring a touchdown had blockers, an offensive coordinator with confidence in him, a God-given body, an encouraging family, etc…  The list of those who aided the player will certainly be lengthy.  But there is the player acting as if he deserves full credit.

God has given me everything I have.  I have no right to deny Him credit by grabbing any for myself.

I write a blog entry and am complimented for it.  God was in every part of making that entry a reality.  And I should bask in credit?  No chance!

I am so blessed to have God in charge of my life.  Surely, Father knows best!

When I put Him in charge, and trust Him completely, my cares are minimized.  So often I “care” about things that I have no control over.  Will it snow?  Will I be able to work?

My behavior reflects my relationship to God.  Exhibitions of pride and worrying are out of place in one who is in a close relationship with God.

Conclusion: To God be the glory and in God I trust.

 

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