Solomon shouted at the top of his lungs. Oh, what poetry in his words, at the dedication of the Temple:
May he never give up and walk out on us. May he keep us centered and devoted to him, following the life path he has cleared, watching the signposts, walking at the pace and rhythms he laid down for our ancestors. (1 Kings 8:56-58)
,Yesterday I looked at God's threat to not dwell among the Israelites if Solomon (and the people) failed to keep the law. One of the saddest passages in the entire Bible is the departure of God's glory from the temple, during Ezekiel's time.
How--revolutonary--it must have seemed when Jesus promised "I am with you always, even to the end of the world." God is never going to give up on us or walk out on us.
But Solomon's prayer for our part of the covenant remains as vital as ever:
I find them picturesque. Centered implies that our lives revolve around God. Everything in our lives--our thoughts, our work, our food, our actions, our worship, our relationships--should remain at the same distance from God. There should be no Sunday Christians.
Devoted touches on focus. The more we devote ourselves to God, making Him the touchstone against which we measure every decision, the more our lives will be centered on Him.
Lofty goals. I notice that Solomon asked for God's help. He acknowledged the people couldn't, wouldn't, do it on their own. We can ask God for the same, to do for us what we can't do for ourselves.
The following things are more in our control. There are things we can do to help keep us centered and focused.
Walk at the pace he set down for us. Walk at the rhythm he set down for us. Like centered and focused above, pace and rhythm have a similar meaning. Both the speed at which we move, and the
When have we ever been so excited about walking the life-path God has for us, that we have wanted to dance and shout?
Every now and then we might want to walk on the Pentecostal side.