Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mid-Week - Message - Give Him First Place

"My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day."  Psalm 71:8 (ESV)

When our daughter was about four years old she was quite interested in the Spice Girls.  I am not even sure how she even heard of them, or where she first saw them.  At first we thought that she liked a song that they sang but that wasn't what caught her attention.  One day I asked her why she liked them and she informed me that it was because, "they wear their zucchinis!"  For those of you that don't understand her reference, she meant that they wore their bikinis.  We still laugh over that.  

When I was a teenager, my bedroom walls were plastered with posters of Bobby Sherman.  He was a singer and I had all his records and played them constantly.  I would lay on my bed and daydream about him.  I guess most young girls had an idol that they looked up to and wanted to meet someday.  Those were the days of magazines published just for teens and they promoted idolizing music or television stars.  

When I was older I fell in love with a young man at my church.  I thought the sun rose and set in him.  He wasn't there every week because he attended a university in another town.  I can remember sitting in church every week but not hearing a single word of the sermon because I was too busy looking around to see if he was there.  He became my reason for wanting to be in church each Sunday.  He eventually went his own way, married a girl that I actually introduced to him, and we lost contact.  As I look back, I regret that I let him have the center of my heart because that is to be reserved for the Lord.

There are so many people and things in this world that vie to pull our attention away from where it should be.  I don't like the word "religion" because it is possible to be "religious" about anything.  Whatever you give your time and attention to is your "religion".  Whatever or whomever that is becomes the center of your existence.  The word I prefer is "relationship".  I have a relationship with the Living God.  I have a relationship with Jesus.  In a relationship, there is give and take from both sides.  I communicate with them, they communicate with me.  Money cannot do that.  Bobby Sherman did not do that.  

All people and things in our lives need to prioritized.  The top priority is our Creator, our Savior, our Redeemer. the lover of our souls.  After that comes our family, friends, job, etc.  Only One is worthy of our praise and worship and when we have Him on the throne of our hearts, everything else will fall into place. 

As we go through this week, let's keep our guard up against those things that attempt to take our eyes off of the Father.  Let's be free with our praise and worship and thank Him for all He does for each of us.  God bless you!

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