MY LIFE IS YOURS
In western culture we often feel that our individual lives are ours to do with as we please, that we are not accountable to any one else for what we choose as long as it doesn’t hurt another person, and that our needs/wants are primary and take precedence over those of another. We are consumed with our rights, with our wants, with the things we feel we are owed. Whether it’s the job we wanted that didn’t come through, or the relationship that may not be working out the way we thought it would, or whatever the particular situation may be, we often feel that things should work in our favor, and if they don’t we think “God must not be doing his job”.
In Psalm 119, the writer shows us that our lives belong to God. Psalm 119:2 says that “Happy are those who…seek [God} with all their heart.” Contrary to much of what we think about happiness, it cannot be found by self, or inward, focus. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33 to “seek first the kingdom…” If our focus is on Christ and his kingdom then when we face hunger, need, persecution, and trials of every kind we can “rejoice in our sufferings” with the Apostle Paul.
“How can a young man keep his way pure?” the Psalmist asks, “By guarding it according to the word of God.” We must surrender our wants, our needs, our lives to the One who “is able to do far more than all that we could ask or imagine.” (Ephesians 3:20) The question is, do we really trust God with everything? Trust is an active thing. It is saying to God, “I love _______ so much that it is better off in your hands.” In worship we are consistently confronted with the choice of trusting God with our deepest wants and needs. “My Life is Yours” is a prayerful declaration and confession that we, as the people of God, will live our lives according to what he has commanded and promised in every word of scripture.
May we fix our eyes on the work of Christ and delight in his Word. Those who trust in Him will never be put to shame.