Holding A Season Ticket!
Holy God, todaywherever I ammay I grasp each moment and do only Your will, desiring nothing more than to glorify You.
Read Psalm 119:73-96
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Christianity is not just a ‘ticket to heaven,’ but a way of life that starts now and transcends death” (Keith Miller).
Most Ethiopians among whom I work seem obsessed with soccer. They are very enthusiastic but, for obvious reasons, their support for their favorite team is at a distance. Most could never afford to attend even one game, let alone get a season ticket. It costs a lot in both money and time to be a season ticket-holder. Such people are committed. They love their team and their membership affects their whole life. They feel devastated when their team does not do well, and overjoyed when it does.
Malachi spoke of what it means to belong to God’s family, to be part of God’s covenant, to hold a season ticket in God’s community, as it were. This part of Psalm 119 could be seen as presenting the same concept. Read the section through a couple of times and see if you can identify some of the connections. It speaks of trying to find out everything one possibly can about God’s words. It speaks of a real love for God and his team and a joy in belonging. It speaks of longing for victory and hating the thought of defeat. It speaks of being willing to do everything possible to ensure that the relationship continues. The interests of God are paramount; he is constantly praised and there is also a strong trust that God will always do well and will provide for his people. Of course, as v. 96 reminds us, the image is limited. But reading these verses again reminded me of just how all-encompassing a living faith is, and challenged me about whether my commitment to follow my Lord was at least as strong as the commitment of some soccer team supporters.
Reflect on this from John Ortberg: “The object of life is to be rich towards God.” Read again today’s passage and list the ways that will help you be “rich towards God.”
Lord, help me to love You and Your Word with passion and commitment and to live as if trust in and obedience to You are more important than anything.
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