What Are You Living For?
Psalm 16:1-11 The psalmist looks to God as his refuge, only good, and the portion of his inheritance. No matter what people do in the land, he stays true to Yahweh, finding the fullness of joy in His presence. Because he sets God continually before him, nothing can shake him. In this little psalm, we learn the key to a properly ordered heart.
We cannot let other pursuits, even good ones, replace God as our ultimate treasure. Here are some of what we allow to take priority over God:
- Lust: Solomon (1 Kings 11:3-4)
- Money: Gehazi (2 Kings 5:20-27)
- Spouse: Samson (Judges 16:4-6, 15-17)
- Popularity: Saul (1 Samuel 15:9-30; 18:6-9)
- Respect: Levite (Judges 17-18)
- Career: Jeroboam (1 Kings 12)
Your issue may not be one of these. One way to find out what has captured your heart above all else is to ask the question, “What thing, if you lost it, would devastate you to such a degree you couldn’t go on?”
“An idol will always break your heart because no created thing can bear the freight of your deepest hopes or the weight of your soul’s longings. Idols will always break your heart.” --Tim Keller
The Scriptures also provide several positive examples of keeping God first:
- Abraham was willing to give up Isaac (Genesis 22:2, 12, 16-18)
- Joseph wouldn’t sell out God no matter how much he suffered (39:9; 40:8; 41:16)
- Jesus said his food was to do the will of God (John 4:34)
Ironically, by living for God, you will become a better parent, employee, or friend. With God first, you won’t put all of that pressure on other pursuits to provide what only God can--true fulfillment.
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