My word for 2015 is “listen.”
“Walk closely with Me”… “Be a servant”… “Bring glory to Me in all you think, say, and do.”
These are the words my loving Father is whispering to me.
Now, I readily receive these messages, and with all my heart I want to follow Him, BUT they are not easy for me to put into continual practice!
The only way I could ever live characterized as a God-glorifying servant of Christ Jesus is to truly learn and live out His whisper, “Walk closely with Me.”
Recently, as my children and I shared our Bible reading insights one morning, this simple statement overtook my heart:
“Then King David went in and sat before the Lord…”
2 Samuel 7:18
Do you sit still very well? When I say “still” I mean excluding driving, eating, reading, talking, and electronic devices? Like where you just sit with nothing visible or tangible to do? It’s odd to think about, isn’t it?
This is exactly what David did! He sought out the invisible, intangible Living God!
David went and sat before the Lord just after receiving some absolutely amazing news from the prophet Nathan – that God would bless David’s throne forever.
You see, David knew God intimately. He would have never gone and sat before Him and said the things he said if he hadn’t.
As David sat, he began praising God for His goodness and greatness. Surely, he was overwhelmed by the personal love and grace of His God! His deepest longing in those moments weren’t to reflect on his newfound importance and powerful position, but to glorify God as the Great One and the only true God.
When is the last time you simply sat before God – waiting on His whisper and resting in His love?
I want to follow David’s example, don’t you?
I want to sit still before God. I want to regularly take a pause from the strong current in my day and sit. Sit before my Father – to worship Him and listen to Him.
Let’s learn to walk with Him in such a way that our daily lives have become a natural overflow of a God-glorifying servant of Christ.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27