SPEND TIME WITH JESUS

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SPEND TIME WITH JESUS

Writing is a very personal process. Whether you are doing product reviews or writing self-help material, authors always leave a big part of themselves in their material. This even happens in the scriptures. From the letters of Paul, you can very clearly see what motivates him and where his faith lies. But besides Paul, there is perhaps no writer more prolific than David. We have already seen how his Psalms reflect his feelings and circumstances at the time; and today, we shall look at another one of his Psalms as we allow our Father to speak to us and guide us along the paths that He has laid for our lives.

“Keep me safe, O God,
I’ve run for dear life to you.
I say to God, “Be my Lord!”
Without you, nothing makes sense.” Psalm 16:1-2 [MSG]

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been looking at the difficulties of faith. We have long realized that in this world, some things just do not make sense. Troubles, like waves, are never-ending; so worry is relentless. And sometimes we get so caught up that we lose our bearings and don’t know where to turn.

But David reminds us that our Father is our refuge, to Him we should run. For truly without Him, our actions, our beliefs, our values; indeed, our faith itself; they all will not make sense.

And when we run to our Father, we know we can find comfort, for He is not a distant God. He is not in His ivory tower. He is with us. Jesus has walked the roads we walked, drank from the same cup of temptation we partake of.

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15

That is why He can say,

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:31-34

He knows the cares we carry. He feels the hurt we bear. And all He wants to do is rest us in His love. That is why David can say

“My choice is you, God, first and only.
And now I find I’m your choice!
You set me up with a house and yard.
And then you made me your heir!” Psalm 16:5-6 [MSG]

For that really is who we are, aren’t we? We are His choice, for Jesus said,

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him;” John 6:44

So everything that has happened before you were born, in your life, and from this point forth, were all deliberately planned and orchestrated because you are our Father’s choice.

Not only that, did you notice that we have been ‘set up’ with not just the necessity of the house, but also a yard in which we may enjoy the bounty of our Father’s blessings? Now, don’t just gloss over this verse. Consider it carefully. We have been set up with a house and yard. These provisions have already been given. They are here and for the present. For David also goes on to use the phrase ‘and then’ we have been made heirs. So not only is our inheritance secure in Jesus, not only have we been made heirs for an inheritance that is due us in the future, as Peter confirms,

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5

Our needs and wants for the here and now are also provided for in the ‘house and yard’. Or, as other translations would say, ‘portion’ and ‘cup’. So have you been asking? Have you been going to Jesus with your requests? For He did say,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

You know, beloved, the best use for your time is to spend some private time with Him. Yes, your job needs you. Yes, your family needs you. Yes, you have a million things on your ‘to-do’ list. And spending time on them is needful and important. But these things also have a way of taking your eyes off our Father’s love.

When you are plowing through your day, getting each and every one of the obligations out of the way, life gets lonely, and you start to think that you have to go on alone. And that’s where spending time with our Father will give you the right perspective on your life. For remember, even in the Old Testament we are told to

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 3:16

So when you spend time with Him and allow Him to speak to you midst your busy day, you will realize that

“The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake
is confirmed by my sleeping heart.” Psalm 16:7 [MSG]

And when you do, you will find that

“Day and night I’ll stick with God;
I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go.” Psalm 16:8 [MSG]

You know, beloved, there is something miraculous that happens when you refocus your eyes away from your troubles and onto Jesus. When you see the situation and the reality for what it really is, and not what the world would want you to think, you will find that, just like David who started this Psalm crying out to God for protection, in the end you will be

“I’m happy from the inside out,
and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed.” Psalm 16:9 [MSG]
Because, in the end, what is really important? This transient world in which all things will pass away, or His eternal world; for remember, for you who believe, this is your reality.

“You canceled my ticket to hell—
that’s not my destination!
Now you’ve got my feet on the life path,
all radiant from the shining of your face.
Ever since you took my hand,
I’m on the right way.” Psalm 16:10-11 [MSG]
So since what is most important has already been taken care of, what else do you think our Father will not do for you? For as Paul says,

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

And my friend, if you have never heard of the love of Jesus, yet you have always known, deep in your heart, that someone was watching over you; because let’s face it, you haven’t exactly been the best steward of your own life, have you? Then stop looking for The One that has got your back from the very beginning, because you have found Him. He is Jesus.

“Don’t just go shopping for a god.
Gods are not for sale.” Psalm 16:4 [MSG]

Jesus does not reside in a building. Our Father is not found in a place. He is right there in your heart, that little voice that keeps you from wrong and out of trouble. He’s been there all along. And if you would like to acknowledge His presence right now and allow Him to work in your life, then say this to Him right now.

“Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for always being there. Even when I didn’t know about You, You were there. Even when I doubted if You existed, You were there. Even before I knew that I needed saving, Jesus, You went to the cross for my sake so that by Your blood shed, I may receive full remission of sins; by Your death I may be free to say ‘no’ to sin; and by Your rising, I may rise to a new life in You. Thank You for all that You have done and for always being around. Father, take over and guide me on Your path. Turn my mourning into dancing and my sorrow into joy; and let me walk in Your ways always. Amen.”

Beloved child of God, there is always something miraculous that happens when you spend time with our Father. David has shown us that, so don’t sell yourself short. Run to Him today, right now. Let Him take over. You don’t have to plow through your troubles on your own. He is there with you and for you. So let Him turn things around for you, for indeed, you are, now and forevermore, His choice.

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