Have I made You, O God, My Shepherd?

khao San Road, Bangkok, ThailandAll her carved images shall be beaten to pieces and all her pay as a harlot shall be burned with the fire.  All her idols I will lay desolate for she gathered it from the pay of a harlot and they shall return to the pay of a harlot. Micah 1:7

Even though God had provided for all their needs, the Children of Israel had sold themselves out for matieral wealth and status.  They worshipped idols introduced to them by those outside their life with God.  They came to a point of believing that this worship of other gods didn’t matter as long as they still continued with their traditions of service to God.

In essence, they redefined God’s demand for their love into something that worked for their lives.

Do we look at church attendance and other religious service as fulfilling our obligations as christians?  Have we sold ourselves out to the world letting our beliefs and love for God be watered down by our more intense desire for material wealth, recognition and relationships that aren’t good for us?  Do we love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind as He only desires?

Scout Lake below Mt Jefferson, Jefferson Park, OregonGod has provided me with everything I need.  God takes care of my needs in a way that is uniquely best for me. He brings those things into my life when I need them.  His only desire is that I love Him. 

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters.  He restores my soul.  Psalm 23:1

The difference and the “rub” is that I often don’t know what’s best for me but think that I do.

God wants to restore my soul by leading me to a quieter life of dependency on Him that glorifies Him and tells the story of His transformation of me.  He wants quiet communion with me — not loud, clashing, banging confusion and desperate prayers for help.

I bring waves of discontent because of my self-idolatry and independence.  These are things the world values but God does not. 

I challenge my shepherd — even though I say I believe and have fully committed my life to Him.  Have I really?  Have I placed my life in His care allowing Him full reign to lead me into a place of peace, quiet and restoration?  Have I made Him my shepherd?

Yes.  I want You, O Lord, to rule over my life.  I have seen that I have made my life a shambles through my stubborn quest for independence from You — but I have also experienced the healing and restoration as You have restored my life into wholeness. 

Elk Meadows, Mt. Hood, OregonI see that the gods of this world offer no peace but only cause one to strive for more — looking to fill the hole in their hearts (with something or someone) that is meant to be filled only by You and to be Your resting place.

You are peace to my soul and my heart.  I rest in You.

Yes, you are my Shepherd.

O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You, my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  Psalm 63:1

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