“…I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse.
Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, l
oving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him,
for he is your life and length of days…”
The discipleship class I’m a part of in my church is beginning to go through a study by Angie Smith titled Seamless. It pulls together all of Scripture to highlight the story woven throughout, building understanding by revealing the connections in God’s narrative. As I read through her session on creation and the fall, one line stood out to me: “God created a situation where His people could choose.”
I have learned over these years of writing that when something begins to stir my heart toward contemplation, I need to stop and listen to how God would speak to me here, in this space. And so I paused.
Our God gives us choices. To know what is in our heart (Deuteronomy 8:2). To place before us the decision to love Him, to stay, to make the declaration, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). To strengthen our faith and build our steadfastness as we wrestle through difficulty and temptation, and emerge victorious by the power of His Spirit within us (James 1:3). To humble us and bring our need of Him into the foreground (Deuteronomy 8:3).
May we choose Him today. Whatever your past choices, this is the one before you today, filled with His mercies that are new each morning. Choose Him, this God who loves you greatly. For He is our life. And life walking in the light of our God is not one of limitations. It is one of freedom and abundance and unshadowed joy. It is a life of peace.
This past Sunday, my pastor was preaching on covetousness and emphasized that if we aren’t satisfied with Christ, if we aren’t looking to God to fill us, we will never be satisfied. We will never be full. And my mind was drawn to Psalm 63:1-7:
“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.”
We see first the psalmist’s declaration, “O God, you are my God.” We see his decision not only to seek his God earnestly but also to bless the Lord “as long as I live.” We see his determined focus to remember his God and to meditate on Him – to meditate on His truths, His promises, what He has done in the past and is doing in the present – particularly through the night.
In all of these statements, there is a choice being made. The writer is choosing the Lord. And we see the result of this choice: “My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food.” Satisfaction of the soul. Satisfaction to his very core. Described in a way not conveying mere sufficiency – this is abundance. “Satisfied as with fat and rich food.” That’s the good stuff. The stuff we really want. The kind of literal food we tend to have to watch our portions on, because it really isn’t good for us from a health standpoint – but oh, it tastes good.
That’s the kind of satisfaction we get here, not having to watch our portions but able to eat our fill of all the fat and rich food we can get. That’s what it is to be “filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). That is what we get when we choose Him. That is what He wants for us.
So today, in whatever you face, whatever situations arise, whatever temptations you encounter, focus your thoughts on this choice. You have it. God is giving you the choice, and oh, how He wants you to choose Him here – because He wants you to be filled with His fullness and satisfied to the uttermost with all that He is! He is good and glorious and can fill your cup to overflowing. Even in a desert, He is able to make rivers flow (Isaiah 43:19). Draw near to Him. Press in. Keep making the choice. And you will find Him faithful to fill you to overflowing with all that you need, all that is abundantly and truly good, all of this One who fills all in all.