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Being Holy

This is the transcript of my Going Deeper devotions for our Circuit today.

Beginning with Psalm 121

for which we were provided with a disabled parking space next to a bench 🙂

11 Since all these things will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people should you be? Your lives should be holy and dedicated to God, 12 as you wait for the Day of God and do your best to make it come soon—the Day when the heavens will burn up and be destroyed, and the heavenly bodies will be melted by the heat. 13 But we wait for what God has promised: new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will be at home.

2 Peter 3:11-13

There is not much to today’s reading, just two verses… but I guess what there is to say is important!

What is life all about?  What does a life well lived look like?  It looks Holy and dedicated to God.

As we spend these moments each day ‘Going Deeper’ that is our aim – to become more holy, more like God.  That’s not ‘holier than thou’!, but dedicated to God.  Our every action being God’s, living his ways, which may be different to our gut reaction.  Pausing and considering, what is God’s way in this?  And doing it.

As we wait for God’s promise of a new heaven and a new earth (which may well look similar to the vision in Psalm 121…) this is how we are called to live – for God.

Lord, may everything I think, do, and say
be your way,
reflecting you
and your love.

Lord,
I long to be holy,
work your holy way in me.

The song that immediately came into my mind with this passage was Refiners Fire:  “My heart’s one desire, is to be holy, set apart for you, Lord.  I CHOOSE to be holy”  Let’s pray that as we sing it today.

And may God bless us as we seek to live dedicated to him.

The God Who’s Looking Out for You

This Psalm has always meant a lot to me.  The God of Protection.  The God of strength. The God who’s always looking out. Lord, I bring you my praise and worship.

Psalm 121 (MSG)

A Pilgrim Song

121 1-2 I look up to the mountains;
    does my strength come from mountains?
No, my strength comes from God,
    who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.

3-4 He won’t let you stumble,
    your Guardian God won’t fall asleep.
Not on your life! Israel’s
    Guardian will never doze or sleep.

5-6 God’s your Guardian,
    right at your side to protect you—
Shielding you from sunstroke,
    sheltering you from moonstroke.

7-8 God guards you from every evil,
    he guards your very life.
He guards you when you leave and when you return,
    he guards you now, he guards you always.

Help

So if we’re going to go on this journey, we’re going to need help.

Psalm 121

1I look to the hills!

Where will I find help?

2It will come from the LORD,

who created the heavens

and the earth.

3The LORD is your protector,

and he won’t go to sleep

or let you stumble.

4The protector of Israel

doesn’t doze

or ever get drowsy.

5The LORD is your protector,

there at your right side

to shade you from the sun.

6You won’t be harmed

by the sun during the day

or by the moon at night. 7The LORD will protect you

and keep you safe

from all dangers.

8The LORD will protect you

now and always

wherever you go.

 

We had this Psalm at our wedding.  I suppose there’s not much more of a launching on a journey than a marriage.  The coming together of two separate lives to form one new unit.  There has to be a sense of moving on.  Both people can’t continue to do things the way they always have, or that wouldn’t be much of a marriage.  New traditions and habits have to be worked out, new ways of living have to be developed.

This Psalm acknowledges two things:

In life’s journeyings, we need help, and

God is the one who can give us that help.

 

God made the heavens and the earth, and so that obviously makes him the best one to be our guide.

He is going to protect us – always.  He will keep us safe.  I’ve said before that I don’t think that means he will save us from the trials of life – that is not protecting; but in an over-all sense God watches over us and walks with us.

On the journey through life that he calls us to, God is always there – that is where we find our help.

If we are afraid this Lent to step out, if we know what God is calling us from, or leading us to – he is there.  The journey may be arduous, there may be some steep hills, some rocky crags or some difficult connections to make, but God is ALWAYS there.

 

Thank you Lord

that our help comes from you,

that we are not reliant on ourselves,

that you never leave us,

that you know how things are,

so we are safe in your company.

Give us the courage,

the strength,

the help we need,

to come on this journey with you.