Saturday, April 23, 2022

If We Would But Live in the Realization

If We Would But Live in the Realization 

"Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I get up; You understand my thought from far away.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, Lord, You know it all.
You have encircled me behind and in front, And placed Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot comprehend it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take up the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will take hold of me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
Even darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.

For You created my innermost parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, because I am awesomely and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully formed in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my formless substance;
And in Your book were written
All the days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts for me, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.
If only You would put the wicked to death, God; Leave me, you men of bloodshed.
For they speak against You wickedly, And Your enemies take Your name in vain.
Do I not hate those who hate You, Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
I hate them with the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies.

Search me, God, and know my heart; Put me to the test and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there is any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way." Psalm 139 NASB 

We don't realize the moments in life until many are past us. 
We don't see what's to be seen until it's been removed from us.
We don't recognize the prompting of God because we're so engrossed and engaged in our thoughts and desires of us.

We get so busy in living life that we neglect to live as God really intended for us to live.
We get so involved with seeking our will to be done that we don't care or have time for His Will to be done. 

We aren't concerned about what it is that is right in front of us until it's been taken away. 

We don't look with eyes that see.
We don't hear with ears that hear.

We put everything ahead of God, treating God like some ultimate last resort to our disasters in this life.  Prayer is something that is done when we've exhausted all other things. Prayer isn't something done throughout the day. We forget who we are and whose we are. 

Would you dare to ask God to search your heart?
Would you implore Him to reveal any wicked ways in your life?
Would you be ready to see, to act, upon what it is that you WOULD be shown?
Would you follow through with what all the Spirit would tell you to do?

If Jesus were physically stopping by your house every day to spend the day with you, regardless of where you go, what you were doing, would you enjoy it or resent it?

Would you?

My harshest criticism of me is nothing to be compared to what I could be shown about me if I would see my life as God sees it.  My Dear Reader, the same goes for you. 

You might not think that you're doing anything wrong.  The problem is we can't rely on our definition of right and wrong, truths or lies. We can't because we will deceive ourselves. We will indeed convince ourselves that we're ok.  

Some want convincing signs from God. Jesus said there wouldn't be any. People would see the works of God in others and then praise God because of what is seen. 
Some seek for some special word from God in the guise of speaking in tongues.  There's no such thing required in our day.  If God has something to say to you, God will say it to you. 
Some seek health, wealth and prosperity over service to God or living out their calling before Jesus Christ.  You will find that is idolatry.  Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. 
Some put family or activities before God and wonder why it's burning them out.  It's because God's become your family doctor or family handyman.  You only call on Jesus when you finally realize you're drowning. 

If we would but live in the realization of what Psalm 139 points to, what King David was saying, then maybe we too would be considered a people after God's own heart as well. 

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