And I Will Look Up

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In Psalm 5, David is coming to the Lord in the morning to receive God’s strength and joy to prepare him for all that’s at hand. He know that he needs this to even make it through the coming day, as he was standing against many adversaries, obstacles, and challenges that seemed insurmountable to him. This became a day to day process for David, one that served not only to provide him with the support and guidance he truly needed from the Lord, but that also helped him to remember what was of the utmost importance in his life – his relationship with his Father God.

Would it not be great if we all did this first thing each morning? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could remember that we need God’s guidance and support to carry us through any and every thing we may face? Wouldn’t it be freeing if we realized that to face the day, whether in light of seemingly huge roadblocks we perceive to be in our way, or mundane tasks, scheduling conflicts, and irritable moods, that the most important thing for us to do is to remember to set our eyes upon Jesus? Everything is better if we can only look up. Everything.

The first part of the Psalm says……

“Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my meditation.
Give heed to the voice of my cry,
My King and my God,
For to You I will pray.
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.”

This is such a great example of seeking out our Lord and His presence in our lives by committing to looking for Him in all that we do and all that we face. Can’t you just hear the worship intermingled with the pleading in David’s prayer? This is exactly what the Lord wants and needs from us. In crying out to Him, we are actually worshipping Him as well. We are telling Him that we know that we need Him. We are asking Him for what only HE can provide. We are conveying that we trust Him above all else. We are coming to Him in the exact way that He asks us to – like a father – a daddy – our Abba Father. What Father doesn’t want for his child to come to him to meet his needs? And what Father doesn’t then want to do all that He can to fulfill those very needs…to assuage those cries….to wrap His arms around His child as he faces all that is coming towards him in life? Our Father wants to stand alongside us in every single thing we do. He wants to be there for us. He knows we cannot do it on our own.

Committing to seek His will in our lives day by day, and keeping our eyes wide open for what He may wish to share as we listen back; that is the essence of life, friends. It inspires us to glorify our Savior and look for Him in all we gaze upon throughout the remainder of the day – even the bad stuff. It strengthens us to be able to see that we can look outside of ourselves and our own agendas toward our Heavenly Papa and what He would have us do today to bring glory to His kingdom. It prepares us to face the day with a new perspective, one in which we know that we are taken care of, so we are now more equipped to love upon and care for others. We are equipped to be filled with love and share that love with everyone with whom we interact. And we don’t have to do it alone. Cool.

Jesus tells us in John 13:34-35……

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

David knew that he needed to “cry out” first to be equipped to do just that. He knew he needed to share his voice and heart with God and pray. And he knew that in doing it all, he had to “look up.” Truly, we must replenish ourselves in Christ anew each and every day in order to be equipped to carry out this commandment to love. He doesn’t ask us to love merely and mildly, as we humans would do. He asks us to love one another as HE loved US. And that is no small task if we really look at that love for what it truly is.

Today, may God renew your strength as you face the day. May He bless you as you cry out to Him and ask for His presence and light to shine upon you. And may you share that light, that love with others, so that “all will know that you are his disciple.” May this be a shining example to others who so desperately need to look up to their Abba Father. Let’s look up. Let’s turn our eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face. And may His shining glory rain down upon us each and every day.

Look up, my Friends. Look up.

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