Fruit from the Vine: What Do You Want?

Psalm 62

Verse 1: For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.

Verse 2: He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

verse 10: If riches increase, set not your heart on them.

verse 12: …to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work.

What is it that you want? What is it that you think, “if I had this, I would be content.” Whatever it is, stop setting your heart on it/them and set your heart on God!

“Riches” can be replaced with anything here. Promotions, position, recognition, material things, talent, jobs, health, safety, hobbies, ministry, etc… Whatever it is that your heart desires. Whatever you are setting your affections on in place of Jesus is an idol.  Don’t allow your sinful, prone flesh to worship it. Don’t idolize it. Break down the idols in your life and heart. Do not set your heart on them any longer.

In this Psalm David says he wants God ALONE. He won’t be shaken because his foundation is the Lord. (Interesting also that Lord here is not YHVH, the holy Name of God, but Adonai– Master). David is purposing to steadfastly love Him alone, knowing that God rewards those that earnestly seek Him and those who turn away from serving idols to serve the Living God.

So seek HIM and nothing else. If good things in your life increase, whether it be money or hobby or ministry, first know that it is from the Lord Himself that you have even received these things. After that acknowledgment, don’t tie your affection up in any of it.

Our GOD is the goal, He is the aim, He is the prize the great reward!

Fruit from the Vine: Know Him

I have been reading Ephesians, the whole book, every day for my Life Transformation Group.

One thing that has hit me is the calling and the privilege of knowing Him. In Chapter 1, Paul prays for the saints, not the unbelievers, that they may know more of Him:

“that…God…may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe…”
 

It should not be our aim or our intention to be anything else except knowers of Him. We are not just believers in a system (Christianity), we are believers in Christ. And not just believers in Him, but knowers of Him, relationally, intimately. Paul desired and prayed that God would reveal more of Himself to the Christians in Ephesus, that they may know the hope and dwell on the riches they have been given, to think on his power. I am so thankful that I don’t just belong to a “Christian club” but I KNOW a Savior. It is my desire and prayer to know Him more and “be filled with all the fullness of God.”