28 April 2016

I Know Him! I Know Him!

One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies. (I purposely ommitted the word "Christmas", since we have been known to watch Elf in the dead heat of summer.....several times......a day. -- Yeah, it's that good.) But seriously, that is one of my favorite lines. And every single time I watch it, I think of how wonderful it would be if Christians were that excited about knowing their Creator. (Okay, so maybe not hopping-up-and-down-in-yellow-tights excited, but genuinely excited.)
We live in a culture today where Christianity is equated with extremism. We shy away from any titles or buzzwords that would identify us with ideals that are less than socially acceptable. It's sad. Where did those buzzwords come from? From a society who knows little about my God. I do have a relationship with my Creator. I do know Him.  
One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Psalm 119. No, not just because it is the longest, but because for me, it's one of the most encouraging! I was reminded again this week of David's love for the word of God. Take what you know about David -- his life, his victories for the Lord, his courage and even his failures, his shortcomings and doubts. Take them all and you see a real authentic follower of Christ. Not a perfect man -- an authentic man. You see a man broken in one chapter of his life, and shouting the glories of God from the mountain top in the next, only to be chased by his enemies in the chapters following. How did he keep his sanity, let alone his faith? What gave him that confidence; that even when enemies pursued, doubts came and guilt swallowed him whole, he still managed to fight his way back to the reality that God is God, the only God, the real God?  How? Psalm 119 I believe holds the answer. He knew his God. 
Not of Him.
Not about Him. 
He knew Him.
Look at Psalm 119, and what do you see? I see a Psalmist who didn't just read the Bible for a quick minute to start his day. I see a man who walked in the truths of Scripture, focused on them, delighted in them, remembered them and even sang them. During those difficulties in life he tells us in this Psalm that he clings to God's promises, runs to his precepts and meditates on his truths. Always learning, always seeking. This is a man who wants to know his God -- and often in this Psalm he states that he delights in His Word (Bible). The more he learns, the more he delights and hopes in the truth of who God really is.
God isn't an impersonal force of nature, He is not a dictator or puppet master in the great beyond. He's my God. He's my Creator. We have the opportunity to know Him....really know Him - personally. What a privilege and opportunity! What a joy. As David says in verse 14 "In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches."

1 comment :

  1. I loved your post. I completely understand having faith in God.