Today, I was inspired to write this blog post by capturing my 15-year-old son’s reflection of his daily devotional. We ask our son, Joshua Currie, to read a passage of scripture and/or devotional and share his reflection on what he has read. It does not have to be a thesis or dissertation. In fact, he can send myself and my spouse a quick text, at least a paragraph, to share his thoughts on what is unlocked for him as he reflects on what he has read.
1 Listen to my words, O Lord, give heed to my sighing and groaning.
2 Hear the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to You do I pray.
3 In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare [a prayer, a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart].
4 For You are not a God Who takes pleasure in wickedness; neither will the evil [man] so much as dwell [temporarily] with You. AMPC Psalm 5:1-4
1-3 Listen, God! Please, pay attention! Can you make sense of these ramblings, my groans and cries? King-God, I need your help. Every morning you’ll hear me at it again. Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar and watch for fire to descend. Message Bible Psalm 5:1-3
Joshua’s response made me pause and reflect carefully upon Psalm 5:1-3, particularly verse 2. Here is the gist of what he wrote and what we talked about: I believe this is about letting God guide us through his way. We are to bring ourselves before God with all of our failures, triumphs, sadness, depression, gladness, and hopes – all that we have before God every day. If we decide not to come to the Bread of Life every day, we have made a foolish choice. We deprive ourselves of the much needed nourishment of the Bread of Life and the needed guidance of our Father. We cannot do life by ourselves and we operate in a spirit of pride if we don’t come before God daily. It is akin to saying – not today God – I got this by myself. We lay ourselves before our Father and those things that shouldn’t be part of our focus or our lives, we allow our hearts, thoughts, will, and motives to be laid on the altar and he burns (take away) those things that do not line up with his purpose for our lives. “Listen, God! Please, pay attention! Can you make sense of these ramblings, my groans and cries? King-God, I need your help. Every morning you’ll hear me at it again. Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar and watch for fire to descend.” This should not be considered a hardship. Joshua expressed: “It is about relaxing in him and live well in his presence and being discipline is an art.” It is a gift to be disciplined – disciples of Christ. “Through life concentrate on growing closer to him as our number one priority and be a divine artist. It is like our lives could be viewed as a canvas, we can mess up miserably but we can have a new beginning.” As we submit our lives to the one who makes the beautiful strokes and skillful at taking the things that we have botched, we can work in unison with him to change the canvas. “By canvas, I mean our journey of life.” The canvas is our life – the submitted life to an Almighty God and this is how we are divine artist, through Jesus Christ. “We mess up. God forgives us and allows us to have new opportunities.” We are grateful to God for his compassion towards us.