Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way – Psalm 119:37
Revive me! Has that ever been a cry of your heart? Have you ever had a day or a week or a season where you just needed a lift? Have you ever felt deep down inside that something was just not as it should be? Have you ever looked up and wondered how you got where you were?
When I read this verse it jumped off the page at me. It hit a nerve. No, it wasn’t because I’ve looked at images I shouldn’t be looking at. I’m sure the verse could apply to those sorts of things, but it’s not what it spoke to my heart.
I stopped watching the news many years ago. I used to watch my favorite 24 hour news channel for hours but it began to be more of a drain than it was worth. Maybe it is newsworthy, but little of it was anything that I could do anything about. Little of it did anything to improve my life. Little of it breathed anything but negativity into my life. But that isn’t what spoke to my heart.
Have you ever been so focused on a problem that you couldn’t see anything else? Have you ever been so focused on finding a solution to something you had no control over that you couldn’t think about anything else? It can be very hard to see a positive when all you are looking at is the negative. It can begin to consume you. It can begin to take you and everyone around you down.
Turn my eyes Lord!!!
The preacher promised a message that would tell us what it takes to be called a man after God’s own heart. Great! I would finally know the secret. With pen and paper in hand, I was ready to receive. Ready, set….
22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do. – Acts 13:22
Say YES to EVERYTHING God tells you to do…
We got a chance to make declarations at the end of the message. They provided an open mic for anyone who wished to use the power of their words to declare something they were going to do that God had placed on their hearts. It was a powerful night knowing that the truth of God’s word and will were being declared. There was no doubt that territory was being taken in the Kingdom last night. Life was being declared!
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. – Proverbs 18:21
And I sat…
There wasn’t time for all the people who stood in line to make a declaration. Plenty of people sat.
I sat because I wasn’t ready to submit to the thing God placed on my heart. I needed to have a discussion with God about it first. I needed to tell Him all the reasons it just wouldn’t be a good idea. I needed to negotiate with Him. I had some explaining to do. Surely He didn’t know everything I know. Surely He didn’t mean what he was saying. Surely He didn’t mean to ask me to do THAT.
He will do everything I want him to do…
And there it was again…
That word…that one word…SUBMIT.
It is one thing to take pen and paper to a great message. It is quite another to stand up and be a man or woman after God’s own heart.
He saw into her
He saw way down in her heart
Where only He could
She said He could look
He said I will be gentle
She trusted Him to
He said look at me
He melted her defenses
When their eyes both met
Face to face that day
The day she gave Him her heart
Then He took her hand