Early this week, I was reading Pete Wilson’s blog and he challenged his readers to think about some ways in which we “set the Lord always before (us)” (Psalm 16.8)
I’m humbled by this verse. The question for me isn’t so much “How do I set the Lord always before me?” but “Is this actually a reality in my life? DO I honestly do this?”
The apostle Peter translates this passage, “I foresaw the Lord always before my face” (Acts 2.25) There is confidence, decisiveness and intention in both these statements, isn’t there? David writes this miktam to extol God’s personal involvement. The apostle Peter, addresses the crowd and recaps David’s security in Christ. Both of these men speak boldly, with great assurance, that nothing can disturb them or remove them from the Lord’s presence. Their convictions waft through their words.
I’ve been “setting the gym before me” five times/week, without exception. It takes me less than an hour to scrape myself off the bed in the early hours of the morning, gobble down a warm bowl of porridge and get my body running on a treadmill in a smelly gym…and I commit 1.5 hours/day to this routine. It takes time. It takes decisiveness. It takes discipline.
I want to be physically fit but my heart longs for fullness of life. My heart longs for purpose and meaning, peace and love – that doesn’t come from a smelly gym – that comes from setting the Lord always before me. So, is this true in my life?
Over two years ago, I decided to start a blog and if you look in the “About” section of the daily post, you will read this:
We encounter God in the ordinariness of life, not in the search for spiritual highs and extraordinary mystical experiences, but in our simple presence in life. Brennan Manning
That’s why I blog. That’s what I look for.
I do wake up in the morning with the desire and discipline to look for God every day. I am currently writing a second manuscript that often puts me into the Word of God and those are always sweet moments. But do I sit at the feet of Jesus quietly?
No…I have to admit that I run around a lot, “doing.”
Pete Wilson reminded me that every day of my life is nothing but a collection of moments. He asks,“How many of those moments do you live in the awareness of His presence?
I think I’ll just stop and think more about that for a while.
Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. Psalm 73.23 NIV