Sunday, July 12, 2009

Blocking Any Views?

“Oh that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands.” Psalm 119:5-6

I was at the Zoo on Friday and although the park wasn’t overly crowded, there were times when only being 5’2”, my view was blocked by a taller guest in front of me. I could see some, but not all of the attraction. My line of vision was impaired.

Reading these verses this morning, I’m reminded that although I’m small in stature, my life still has the ability to hinder someone’s view of Christ.

M heart joins with the Psalmist’s plea. Oh that my actions would consistently reflect God’s Word. Even more than the personal shame that envelops me when I see my life through His mirror that exposes my heart, is the pain of knowing I may have caused someone else to look away and abandon their search of God.

Far too often I stand there transparent, echoing Paul’s discouragement. "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing." Romans 7:15, 18-19

The Psalmist goes on to say, “As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should! I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!” (vs.7-8)

Lord, please don’t give up on me. I fail. I just hate that something I do or say could blur or block someone else’s vision of You. Amy Grant used to sing a song with lyrics that said, “If a part of me should keep you from seeing, the part of Him that would start you believing…”

Wonder how often my life blocks someone else’s view of God…

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Sharon@JoyInTheTruth said...

Oh, I LOVE Psalm 199! My fave!

I agree with you....I want to be a window, not a door. May they see His view through us. Only by His grace....

Deb said...

I'm so thankful that He doesn't give up on us.

What a great verse to memorize.

And I would add not just my actions but my words as well.

I've got some work to do in this area.

Danielle said...

Oh, how you read my mind. I had read this, so I don't know why I didn't comment. Bad me!

I look at my daughter and see so much of myself in her that I am constantly asking God to get this junk out of me so I can get it out of her. I don't want her to be fleshy like me. I want her to thirst and hunger for God's word... even moreso then I.

I love all of Ps 119... but some of those verses you gave, they really hit the spot. I love going further down to v. 10. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commands.

When I see your posts, I see you seeking God and not straying from His commands. Yes, you may stumble a bit, but it's the fact that you get back up again that truly matters. If we ever fall and stay down... that's when it becomes fatal. Life is about striving and learning... changing when He calls.

I see a tender heart in you, dear Sister.