Pastor Jason said something this Sunday that made me really think during his series, Comparison Trap, "THE MISERABLE BUSINESS OF COMPARISON." He asked the question, " who would you secretly enjoy seeing fail?"
Now before I expound on that I want to premise it with what it means to live a life for Christ and what it looks like when you live a life of worship to Him. I was reading the Psalm's this morning and came across Psalm 37. When I got to verse 4, I felt like my eyes were being opened regarding this subject. It says, "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun."
What a life of worship to or towards Him looks like, is this. 1. Take delight in Him. Meriam-Webster's definition is very simple regarding the word delight. "To enjoy very much". 2. Commit your way to the Lord. "to carry into action deliberately". and then 3. Trust in Him, "one in which confidence is placed". What is the result? What is the promise? He will give you, place in you desire like his own. A desire and passion for the lost, weak, hurting, broken, and less fortunate. You will be less focused on your selfishness and more focused on how you can honor Him and what you can do for others. He will make your righteous reward shine. Our desire is to be respected, loved, admired, and seen as reliable. If you want these affections to be true in people towards you, then you must "Commit your ways, ALL OF THEM, to the Lord.
Going back to Pastor Jason's question. I have definitely wished for people to fail in the past. I am guilty. Because I felt sorry for myself, felt like others had it better than me. Wanted other people to experience the same pain and frustration I have. BUT, once I began to truly Delight, Commit, & Trust in Him, those feelings began to subside and HIS desires began to infiltrate my heart and mind. The freedom in that is overwhelming and life changing!
Christy Nockels, a singer-songwriter wrote a short commentary regarding a lifestyle of worship and Psalm 37. She writes, "Living a life of worship, is a life committed to trust God with our desires, gifting, songs and whatever tools we have. "He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn." It's His to promote, not our own. What desires, gifting, songs, tools do you have to commit to God? What are some ways God can use you? What desires do you want to come to fruition? Are there ways you are trying to elevate any of those desires yourself instead of waiting on God? What needs to change so you will let Him lift up your cause? Do you tend to live your life from who or whose you are, or what you do?
Something to ponder, I hope you do.
Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptist Church