Never Lose Sight
Psalm 84:1-11 (NRSV)-
The Joy of Worship in the Temple
To the leader: according to The Gittith. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.
1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! 2 My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. 4 Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise. Selah.
5 Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. 6 As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
9 Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed.
10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Have you ever felt stuck between where you are and where you want to be?
Most of us map out your lives and work toward all the milestones that we want to meet. But, one day we wake up and realize that we are not where you planned to be. And, we cannot see an easy way off of the detour. So, what do we do when the journey we are on is not what we thought it would be?
Since God does not withhold blessings from those who walk uprightly, there is nothing wrong with making plans. However, our plans should be aligned with God’s Word and submitted to his will, because he sees our lives from beginning to end. And, he knows where we need to go and what we need, when we need it.
When we narrow our eyes to only see the path we planned and want to take, detours drain us of joy. But, when we are open to what God has for us, we are able to go from strength to strengthon whatever path he takes us. And, more important than the milestones that we may hit (or miss) is the fact that God is on the journey with us because his presence fills our spirits in ways that achieving our goals cannot.
Today, let’s make plans, pray for guidance, celebrate when we achieve our goals, journey through life, and never lose sight of the person who put us on this path.
Father God, thank you for putting us on the right path. And, thank you for walking that path with us. As we journey through life, please empower us to make plans, set goals, and celebrate our achievements. And, please help us to never lose sight of you in the process. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!