Enemy One-a-Day Tuesday 1/14/20

A life worthy

Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence (Psalm 27:12).

You have an enemy.

As it happens, he is The Enemy.

Your enemy wants you to fail,

to fall.

He lies about you

and to you.

He wants to separate you from the One who loves you.

But guess what?

He won’t.

He can’t.

Because your life, your soul, your self, is safe in the hands of Almighty God

and

He isn’t giving you up.

Not now

Not ever

You can bank on that, Beloved.

Happy Tuesday

The Straight Path One-a-Day Monday 1/13/20

A life worthy

Teach me your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors (Psalm 27:11).

Sounds a little mercenary, if you ask me.

Sounds like David wants to follow God in order to avoid getting smacked by the bad guys, not just because he loves God.

Does that bother you?

Beloved, I wish all my motives were pure. I wish I could go to work solely for the joy of teaching children and helping them to grow strong and wise and capable.

But I also go for the paycheck.

Some days I mostly go for the paycheck.

I wish I obeyed traffic laws simply because it is the right and safe and good thing to do.

But I also want to avoid a ticket.

I wish I had accepted Christ only because of his goodness and love and mercy.

But, yeah, escaping eternal death was in the mix, too.

This world is a minefield. You need help navigating it if you want to avoid spiritual boom. So, yes, we follow Christ in part because it gets us through the day with body and soul intact. But we also follow him because he is worth following. He is the One worthy of our life, our soul, our all.

The only One.

Our motives are mixed, Beloved. They always will be, as long as we’re in this world and in this flesh. But that’s OK. He knows, and he loves, and he waits for the day when we will be purely, wholly, completely his.

Me too.

Happy Monday, Beloved.

Parent Plus One-a-Day Friday 1/10/20

A life worthy

Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me  (Psalm 27:10).

You know, I just can’t imagine my mom turning me away. I can’t conceive of a situation in which I would go to her, lost and desperate for help, and she would say, “Meh. I don’t think so.” For one thing, she has never in her life said, “Meh.” For another, she loves me. I am her son, to whom she has devoted much of her life. There’s no way I can picture my mother turning her back on me and leaving me in the cold.

But she would before God would.

My friend, his love for you, his commitment to you, goes beyond anything you can dream of.

And you know, maybe you can imagine the above scenario. Perhaps it is your rotten lot to have parents who have forsaken you, in small ways or big. This world and its people are broken, after all.  These things happen.

This verse is for you as well, Beloved. Though every other relationship in your life should falter, though every other person proves to be a dandruff-ridden louse, you can know that the Lord of Everything has got your back. He will never abandon you, never forsake you, never fail to take you into his arms and heart.

How could he?

He is God

and

you are his Beloved.

Happy Friday

Faithful One-a-Day Thursday 1/9/20

A life worthy

Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior (Psalm 27:9).

Because I know what I deserve.

I deserve, frankly, to be rejected, forsaken, turned away. I have done nothing, no thing, that would earn me the right to call on God for help. On the contrary, I have done eversomuch to earn God’s rejection.

But…he loves me.

I know, right?

He loves me, and he has been there for me in the past, and he calls me to call on him and he promises to be faithful.

And I do.

And he is.

And Hallelujah!

Happy Thursday, Beloved.

Seek His Face One-a-Day Wednesday 1/8/20

A life worthy

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek (Psalm 27:8).

It’s simple, really.

Your heart knows.

Be careful, Beloved. I don’t think David is talking about his emotions when he talks about his heart. We all know that trusting and following our emotions can bring on a whole world of pain and embarrassment and regret.

I mean, I remember a time when…

never mind.

But the heart is deeper than that. You’ve gotta get past the emotions that throw you around like the proverbial storm-tossed ship. You have to move beyond all the turmoil to get to the still place, the quiet place, the place where life becomes very simple indeed:

Know God.

Seek his face.

Remember who he is.

In this Psalm, David was under attack, and there was no simple way to fight back. His response, and his advice to us today…

seek his face.

Shall we?

Happy Wednesday, Beloved.

Hear Me One-a-Day Tuesday 1/7/20

A life worthy

Hear my voice when I call, O Lord; be merciful to me and answer me (Psalm 27:7).

You know what I like about David?

He’s human.

I mean, look at him. He just finished declaring that Almighty God will–not may, but will–keep David safe and enable him to stand tall over his enemies.

Yesterday David was shouting and singing.

Today he whispers, “Oh, please, Father, be there.”

That is so utterly, wholly, completely human.

So…me.

God rejoices in our strength, Beloved.

He rejoices in our weakness.

He rejoices every time our hearts turn to him.

So turn your heart to Him today, this moment, right now. Whether it’s in triumph or tragedy or temptation or fear or frustration or failure turn to him and let him hold you up.

It’s the only way to bring glory to God

and peace to your heart.

Happy Tuesday, Beloved.

Sing One-a-Day Monday 1/6/20

A life worthy

Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord (Psalm 27:6).

Sing

Sing a song

Sing out loud

Sing out–

sorry.

Are you feeling all ‘70s, now?

Sorry again.

You know, there’s wisdom in that little ditty from the land of bell-bottoms and grooviosity. That Sesame Street advice is spot-on.

Sing your song.

Don’t worry that it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear, just sing…

God has saved you from unimaginable yuck, my friend, and he’s just getting started. Sing his praises today, loud and long, in any combination of keys you can manage. He’s worth it, ya?

Happy Monday, Beloved.

Safe One-a-Day Friday 1/3/20

A life worthy

For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock (Psalm 27:5).

Trouble’s coming.

I don’t know when

or where

or how

but I know it’s coming.

Because, you know…life.

I also know this–

You are safe.

He–the Lord of the Universe, Maker of Time and Space and Stuff–he’s got you.

David tells us that God will keep us safe in his dwelling, his tabernacle. Basically his house. And that image makes sense. If I want to protect something or someone, I can bring them into my home where there are doors to lock and alarms to set.  In the New Testament, Paul goes one better. Paul told the Colossians that our lives are hidden in God himself.

Not in his home.

In Him.

Frankly, I don’t understand how any of this really works.

But I’ll take it.

Beloved, I hope that today is not your day of trouble. I wish you a day of sunshine and puppies and chocolate.

But if trouble comes…

You are safe.

Happy Friday, Beloved.

To Be With Him One-a-Day Thursday 1/2/20

A life worthy

One thing I ask of the Lord; this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4).

Just to be with God.  Do you ever want that?  Do you ever have those moments when you get past wanting from God and just want God?

I have to admit; for me, those moments are too few and too far between.

But then, the New Year is about fresh starts and making changes, isn’t it?

How many things are you asking God for in 2020, Beloved?

How about just one?

This one.

Happy Thursday, Beloved.

New Year One-a-Day Wednesday 1/1/20

A life worthy

If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new!  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

New day

New year

New you

We serve a God of second chances and new beginnings.  No matter what 2019 looked like, it is over. Today you begin again. If last year was one of triumph, great—remember and rejoice,

but don’t live there.

Press on.

If last year was one of failure, or pain, or loss—praise God for this new beginning.

The image in my head this morning is of the land after a snowfall, when nothing has yet touched the surface of the snow.  It is fresh, clean, and waiting.

So…go make snow angels.

Happy 2020, Beloved of Christ.