I spent some time alone yesterday. There were two phone calls and maybe a half dozen text messages, but compared to a usual day, I was very alone. It was also the Sabbath. And I thought about how long it had been since I spent time just singing to the LORD, reading His Word and making Him the LORD of my Sabbath.
One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grain fields, his disciples broke off heads of grain, rubbed off the husks in their hands, and ate the grain. But some Pharisees said, “Why are you breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?”
Jesus replied,“Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God and broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests can eat. He also gave some to his companions.” And Jesus added, “The Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath.” Luke 6:1-5 (NLT)
As I spent time thanking my Father God for all the many, many things He has done and the wisdom He has given, I was also struck with remorse that I had relegated my singing of praises to A day or a time. A friend of mine goes about her housework just singing to the LORD! I suspect that is a more joyful way to vacuum floors and clean toilets!
Jesus is LORD of every Sabbath and all the other six days too. It is that moment to moment, every day, all day conversation with my LORD which builds a relationship that is wholly intimate and makes all my concerns and burdens lighter some how to bear.
I listened to a message from a young man last night who is part of Antioch Church – Charlotte (NC). He spoke of the insight he had received as he read and studied Moses’ relationship to God. Moses was open and eager to spend time with God but that desire and hunger did not happen overnight. Moses spent years in the desert with God before He went back to Egypt as God’s messenger of deliverance to the Israelites. Lee shared very openly about his journey to get to where he wants to stay now – ready to hear from God as to what God wants to clean up in his life. He no longer wants to hide parts of his life from God (like he could!?!?!) but instead have an open heart and ears to hear what God wants . ALL his life belongs to God because it was saved by God!
And there it is:
ALL my life belongs to God because GOD created me and then saved me!
That one sentence alone is worth singing and worshiping my LORD all day, every day.
So join me in choosing time with God over TV or FaceBook or Wii or __________. We all have something we can put in that blank space.
We’ve Come to Praise Him written and sung by Lindell Cooley