Psalms 18:1-3 “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said, I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”
The idea of a ‘God Box’ was to make tangible a place where we can place our worries, doubts and fears. for some that physical act of writing on a piece of paper just what it is that is troubling us, what it is that we cannot control and placing it in a ‘God Box’, gives the impression of giving it to God.
I am all for anything that will help us see God more clearly and draw closer to Him. But, as I began to meditate on the verses today, the idea of a God box took on a whole different meaning.
Far too often, we fail in the Christian life because our faith is small, or because we have more of the world in us than God. It becomes very important then, for us to see God as He truly is and not limit Him or put Him in a box – thus the alternative thought of the God Box.
Throughout the book of Psalms, we read words that flowed freely from a heart wholly and totally given over to God. This is the key element to understanding that God could never be put in a box. The only limitation on God Almighty is one He placed upon Himself. He chose to give us a free will. With that free will, we are able to choose Him or reject Him; follow Him or go our own way.
David knew where his way would lead. Yet, so often we forget and place unfair expectations on God that He, in His Word, never said He would do. Yes, my God can and will do the impossible. But my takeaway from today was the percentage of yieldedness or submission I choose to have toward my God.
I have seen over time, the slow eroding of a ministry, the ultimate failure of a man, a ministry or a church to yield in an area where they take up and go a different direction. Billy Graham started out well. Yes, he preached a clear gospel message, gave an invitation. But when those in attendance came forward to make a decision, they were met by men representing churches and religions that didn’t line up with Bible salvation.
Whenever you and I depart from biblical doctrine, principles and commands, it will take a true repenting to bring the ship around. I was wrong and God is right.
What brought me to this thought today, was the praise that seemed to flow so freely from David’s heart. When I don’t agree with God; when my heart is distant, in bondage to some sin or just cold and apathetic; praise will be forced at best and nonexistent if left undealt with.
Psalm 139: 23, 24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Utter and total yieldedness.
Giving over to God that which is rightly His.
He paid a great price for you and me!
Proverbs tells us:
Proverbs 16:25 “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
My thoughts and reasoning can take on a life of their own if not checked with the Word of God. When I truly understand that my thought process can be corrupted without my knowledge should scare us all.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
My heart is a liar and so is yours. It can trick you and me into thinking God is this way or that way. Our experience backs up our claim and at times, we gather evidence to support our belief.
This is how cults start. They depart from biblical Christianity a little at a time and draw away those weak in the knowledge of the Bible. Pretty soon, they introduce such wacked out beliefs that they will do just about anything.
When you and I are able to truly praise God from a heart that is utterly and totally cleansed and yielded, we begin to experience a sense of awe and reverence that leads into true worship and praise.
We praise God for Who He is; what He has done for us; His attributes and character; for blessings bestowed, prayers answered and protection given. We praise Him for His strength in our weakness; His love when we feel unloved; comfort given when everyone and everything around us fails to give us comfort.
We praise Him for wisdom and understanding when we cannot find our way for us or for others. We praise Him for the creation we so freely enjoy, and the provision that we are never hungry or naked or alone. God is so totally open and honest about who He is to us. He set the bar for us to do the same.
Never let the words “God can’t…” or “God would never…” ever enter your heart let alone come out of our mouth. He tells us:
Isaiah 55:8, 9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Psalm 139: 14, 17, 18 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”
Don’t put God in a box… There isn’t one big enough!