A Perfect Life
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. (Psalms 124:8 ESV)
David was a man whose life was wrought with strife. I love that the Lord chose David to write Psalm after Psalm full of repentance and lamenting. David clearly knew that no matter what life brought him, he needed help from the Lord.
There was a scene in the movie, ‘God’s not Dead’ that resonated with a lot of people. It took place between a successful son and his mother, who suffered with dementia and was lost in her own world . . . until the Holy Spirit spoke through her for a brief moment: (spoiler alert)
Mark: You prayed and believed your whole life. Never done anything wrong. And here you are. You're the nicest person I know. I am the meanest. You have dementia. My life is perfect. Explain that to me!
Mother: Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn't want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn't seem to be any reason to leave. The door's wide open. Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut, and suddenly it's too late.
It was a powerful interaction, not just because of the miracle of her speech, but also because it spoke such truth to so many sitting in dark theaters. We all know people (perhaps even ourselves) that walk impossibly perfect lives seemingly without any bumps . . . lives that can easily become Godless, as we busy ourselves with our families and success, forgetting the very One who loves us most.
Not like David. No, David, even though he was blessed with riches, he also had strife. Through better and through worse, he stayed true to the Lord and was keenly aware of his need for a Savior.
Oh that – whether we are living easy care-free lives or on a journey full of potholes – may we never leave God out of our lives! God’s not dead!
Lord Jesus, forgive us for being so caught up in our perfect lives, that we have pushed You out of our daily lives. Help us to have a heart like David’s . . . that we would remember not only what you did on the cross for us, but that we always need help from You, every single day. In your mighty name Jesus. Amen!
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