You have not been forgotten! I know that posts these days have been few and far between. I apologize. Keeping up with the responsibilities of being both a teacher and a student has removed the term “spare time” from my vocabulary. But as it is Spring Break this week, I have gained some much needed time to sit and share with you once again!
The Scripture I would like to share with you comes from Psalm 26. Psalm 26:1-3 in the Message says, “(1) Clear my name, God; I’ve kept an honest shop. I’ve thrown in my lot with You, God, and I’m not budging. (2) Examine me, God, from head to foot, order Your battery of tests. Make sure I’m fit inside and out (3) so I never lose sight of Your love, but keep in step with You, never missing a beat.”
The thought I would like to center on is what is said in the third verse about never losing sight and never missing a beat. I don’t know about you but I find it all too easy TO lose sight and TO miss a beat, especially when there is a lot going on in my surroundings to distract me.
Imagine for a moment that you are driving on the road and on the side of the road fire hydrants are exploding water out into the air and there are gigantic flashing neon signs on the other side of the road, your cell phone is ringing, your coffee spills all over the place, other drivers on the road are speeding and swerving in every which direction, up ahead a family of ducks is crossing the road, alpacas are being lifted by helicopter out of the middle of the road, and meanwhile you are being chased by an ANGRY politician and his party of ex-convicts who have a bounty on your head. Who would remain calm, remember to use signals when changing lanes, stay within the speed limit, and follow the GPS’s directions in the midst of all that?
Sounds absurd, I know! But how many of us can feel like that driver– tying to never lose sight, trying to keep in step, and trying to never miss a beat– in the midst of a barrage of relentless and ridiculous distractions?
What threatens to distract you?
The rest of Psalm 26 talks about a barrage of threatening distractions…
– deceitful men (Ps. 26:4)
– pretenders (Ps. 26:4)
– evildoers (Ps. 26:5)
– wicked (Ps. 26:5)
– sinners (Ps. 26:9)
– murderers (Ps. 26:9)
– schemers (Ps. 26:10)
– bribers (Ps. 26:10)
…but it also talks about how the barrage of threatening distractions CAN BE WITHSTOOD! That’s found in the third verse. Never lose sight of God’s love, keep in step with Him, never missing a beat!
What does never losing sight, keeping in step, and never missing a beat mean?
Trusting God. “And I have trusted in the LORD without wavering” (Ps. 26:1, NASB95).
Fearing God. “Examine me, O LORD, and try me; test my mind and my heart” (Ps. 26:2, NASB95).
Remembering God. “For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth” (Ps. 26:3, NASB95).
Avoiding Compromising Situations. “I do not sit with deceitful men, nor will I go with pretenders. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked” (Ps. 26:4-5, NASB95).
Keeping Turned Toward God. “I shall wash my hands in innocence, and I will go about Your altar, O LORD” (Ps. 26:6, NASB95).
Being Thankful God Works. “That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving and declare all Your wonders” (Ps. 26:7, NASB95).
Spending Time in God’s Presence and With His People. “O LORD, I love the habitation of Your house
and the place where Your glory dwells” (Ps. 26:8, NASB95).
Knowing that God Redeems. “But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me” (Ps. 26:11, NASB95).
Being An Example. “In the congregations I shall bless the Lord” (Ps. 26:12, NASB95).
“If we set God’s loving-kindness before us as our pattern, to which we endeavor to conform ourselves, being followers of Him that is good, in His goodness…if we set it before us as our great engagement and encouragement to our duty, and are afraid of doing anything to forfeit God’s favor and in care by all means to keep ourselves in His love…this will not only be a good evidence of our integrity, but will have a great influence upon our perseverance in it” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary On The Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume, New Modern Edition Database, Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., p. 778, Psalm 26).
Never Lose Sight. Keep In Step. Never Miss A Beat.
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