Reading: Psalm 96: 10-13
The psalmist proclaims that God alone reigns. The psalm calls for all of creation – plants, animals, sea creatures, fields, mankind – to rejoice for God will come to judge the earth. When God comes He will judge in righteousness and truth, restoring equality and fairness. At the initial reading this sounds like a problem for those living outside of God’s ways. While this is true, it is also a call to enter into a life that recognizes God’s sovereignty.
I can recall many instances as a child when my parents either insisted I do something or were very adamant that I not do something. Every child has a list like this by the time they enter adulthood. This list was added to by teachers and coaches then by a spouse and by bosses. In the moment I sometimes chafed at not having a choice or being placed in a spot I did not like at the time. But it was often the case, always after the fact, that I realized my parents always had my best interests at heart. My coach or teacher or spouse or boss was trying to pull out of me or develop in me something that I could not see myself. They were coming from a place of righteousness and truth. They were guided by love and concern for me.
In much the same way God desires for us to live in righteousness and truth. His plans for us are to prosper us and to bring us good. At times we too chafe at what our faith calls us to do or because of what it denies us. We are human so at times we are drawn to earthly desires and temptations. When we choose to declare God the Lord of our life, we are making the choice to follow His ways over the ways of the world. Once we make this choice and proclaim God our Lord, then the Holy Spirit enters into our hearts and begins to guide and lead us to live in God’s righteousness and truth. This path is narrow and the way is hard, but peace and contentment are found along this path. Joy and everlasting life are found along this path. May we choose to daily make God the Lord of our life so that we may live freely as a beloved child of God in this world.