You Have My Attention; I Follow Your Direction

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.” Psalm 96:11-12

You have my attention; I follow your direction.”

It’s from those eight words that the entirety of last Sundays message was birthed. 8 words tuned into 8 pages that turned in to 35 minutes of focused energy and passion. And they’ve been burning in my heart ever since.

They’ve not just been the “kickstart” to a single message, but they’ve been the substance of my prayer lately as moments have caught my eye and stirred my soul.

As I walk through my neighborhood seeing the beauty of the fall in Michigan, “You have my attention; I follow your direction.
As I step sit quietly in my dark office with the song “Do it again” playing in the background, “You have my attention; I follow your direction.
Listening to my daughter and my wife laughing together, “You have my attention; I follow your direction.

That prayer has not only stirred my heart from those beautiful moments but in the face of challenging situations.

Getting a text from a hurting friend in ministry, “You have my attention; I follow your direction.
Approaching the emergency room to visit a child with pneumonia,”You have my attention; I follow your direction.
Receiving a phone call that seems to close the door on a dream, “You have my attention; I follow your direction.

My simple prayer has been that intentional centering of my soul upon who Jesus is. But it’s not some ethreal thought but a determination to take notice and fix my attention up on the Lord. It’s to grasp the beauty of His majesty and to ponder on His wonder and fame. But that’s where most people leave it. Don’t get me wrong, worship is awesome. Recognizing His greatness is necessary. But it’s shallow at best if we don’t translate it to obedience.

And that has been the emphasis on the last part of my prayer.

I want to recognize Him and I want to respond to that revelation.

In Psalm 96, the psalmist captures the something in nature that captures his attention to who God is. I think we need to do that more.

To take notice on a drive of the beauty of creation as the trees begin to change.
To see an evening sky change colors as the sun sets.
To sit at lake Michigan and see the water splash against the pier.
To walk in a quiet forest and listen to the sound of the wind through the trees.

I love the words of Psalm 104, 24-25 when they say How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.

But let us not leave revelation in our hearts. Let’s live revelation in our hands and feet. Let us allow the shaping and tones of our words bear the revelation of our Savior. Let us look for someone in need to give a revelation of a God who cares. Let us find someone to encourage to give them a revelation of a Savior who hasn’t forgotten about them.

This week, would you take notice of the glory of God in creation around you? But don’t just leave revelation in your heart. Let revelation live in your life in everything you do.

You have my attention; I follow your direction.”

Before you head into your day, an appointment, a store, or into family time, would you say that prayer?

 

Thanks for letting me ramble…

 

2 Minute Devo: “Constant Faithfulness”

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We started a new series this month called “His Faithfulness” We are looking at the faithfulness of God revealed to us in the scripture.  Take time to read the passage here on the blog or in your own bible.

Today’s scripture: Revelation 21:1-6

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place[a] of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,[b] and God himself will be with them as their God.[c] 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.

2 Minute Devo: “Faithful to Forgive”

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We started a new series this month called “His Faithfulness” We are looking at the faithfulness of God revealed to us in the scripture.  Take time to read the passage here on the blog or in your own bible.

Today’s scripture: 1 John 1

We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning,[a] whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. 2 This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.[b]

5 This is the message we heard from Jesus[c] and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

2 Minute Marriage Devo: “Accusing Your Spouse” Rev. 12:10

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June is our journey through some scripture selections on the topic of Marriage.  I want to invite you to join me. It’s as simple as looking at the blog and reading the passage for the day.  Today’s passage is Revelation 12:10:

Revelation 12:10

10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers[a]has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.