“Thou hast visited me in the night”
“I shall be satisfied when I awake, with thy likeness”
It is all to easy to become overwhelmed with the cares of this life; just as the waves of the ocean erode the shoreline, sometimes the waves of life can erode our soul. Although this prayer of David is recorded for us in Psalm 17; the scripture don’t give us any historical insight as to what is going on in David’s life that prompts this prayer.
A valuable lesson can be learned from this; we never know what someone is going through at any given moment. Lately it has seemed that for me, any step forward has resulted in two steps backwards. Every time I’d gain a little traction it seemed like I’d lose my footing right before reaching the prize. I’ll spare you the details, but the things that were causing me so much concern are temporal and tangible.
Sitting in a church office on a daily basis can help give a little perspective (everyone should do it for at least a day). This morning as I’m preparing the worship music for this coming Sunday, setting schedules, and studying for my Bible lesson I overheard a conversation that completely changed my heart. A father who just 3 months before; as he drops of his monthly delivery, told us with excitement that he and his wife were expecting a child. This time around his countenance was visibly down as he shared with us the loss of this child that he and his wife were so joyfully expecting. Three things happened in that moment; conviction for my selfishness and the desire to minister to that man in his time of need. Most importantly, a renewed appreciation for the intangible things of life.
Psalm 17:14 tell us we may fill our bellies with all the treasures of this world; but at the end of this life we will leave all of our substance behind.
Sometimes money is tight, emergencies happen, contractors don’t keep there word or finish on time, people let you down, and just when you think you’ve got it all put together, the whole things falls apart. For me, the things that matter in life are the eternal, keeping my eyes focused on the central cause for satisfaction in this life. Jesus Christ.
I’ll go home today and hug my wife, and kiss my two little boys on the head and we’ll go play in the back yard. If the whole things comes crashing down tomorrow, that’s okay; because I have a new perspective.