“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.” Psalm 95:1-7
Paralyzed dog Miss Mercy doesn’t walk like most dogs walk. She gets around in her wheelchair when she’s outside. Inside she scoots around on her knees. She’s quite fast on her knees, and you can’t imagine her speed when thunder outside one day drove her to zip up to kneel beside me as quickly as she could. She wanted to burrow into me as close as she could as I sat on my chair in front of my laptop. She was frightened, and she wanted her mommy, protector, and provider as close as possible. She wanted to take refuge under the shelter of my arm. But Mercy also saw an opportunity. Mercy didn’t just need me to make her feel safe and protect and comfort her. She didn’t just need what I had to offer. She wanted me. To spend time with me. To be close to me. To share fellowship with me. To be in my presence. To be loved by me and to love me. Mercy’s opportunity wasn’t to just have her needs met. Her opportunity above all else was to be with me. What matters most to Mercy is being in my presence. Not what I have to offer her.
Sometimes sadly, tragically, sinfully, wrongly, foolishly, we see the Lord as nothing more than someone to run to when we need something, when we want something, when we desire provision, protection, safety, comfort, forgiveness, stuff, our prayers answered, our needs met, etc. We run to Him for what we need or want. Then we run away from Him to go back to our everyday lives just about forgetting all about Him if we remember Him at all. Until we come running back to Him with another need or desire.
We should desire the lordship, love, presence, fellowship, communion, company, relationship, intimacy, shared love, communication, blessedness of and with the Lord more than we want our needs and desires met by Him.
Some of us have some changing to do in this regard, don’t we?