The Cloak of Acceptance
I speak out loud these words in the Secret Place and in them I put on the cloak of “acceptance”:
But my eyes are fixed on You, O Sovereign Lord… (Ps 141:8a)
When we “fix” something in place we really want it to stay there. Letting it shift and turn only removes it slowly from its designated place. No wonder the Psalmist says he’s “fixed” his eyes on Him.
What does it take to fix our eyes on the Living God?
How do we lock eyes on Him so we don’t come undone or wander?
Where do we look when we’re alone or in trouble?
Why do we look away when we want our way?
I believe the key is in the name the Psalmist uses for the Living God. He calls Him SOVEREIGN. He could easily have said “Lord Almighty” or “Lord of Hosts” or even better yet “Shepherd.” But he doesn’t go there; he chooses to call Him Sovereign.
What does it take to call Him by that name? It takes acceptance. Here we see His controlling destiny. It takes trust to trust his lead in the dance of life. If He is sovereign then we see Him as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. It takes a yielding heart to know Him.
It is not in the looking at what might have been…
But in the seeing of what is …
That we find Him….
Because there we trust IT ISN’T what it could have been.
Acceptance is the substance of gratitude. We think we know what we want, but He knows what we need
It is in the looking and setting our eyes in the right direction that we find significance.
Can an honest man look at a lie the same as the Deceiver? Does the adulterer look at his marriage vows the same as the faithful? Can we lock eyes with the Sovereign unless He is sovereign – unless we believe He reigns not only the past, but also the future and especially the now?
The glue is acceptance – the key is thankfulness. This safety net of acceptance is held secure by love. We accept Him who knows us. It is with thankfulness we trust Him who finishes the good thing He has started in our life. It is with a thankful heart we cast our eyes on the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Someday we will see Him face to face and there we will find it was worth it all. Here we can say with the psalmist: “Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.” (Ps 141:10)