I know this seems really basic–really rudimentary…I mean, totally foundational. But I decided to journal prayer my way through Psalm 139. It is taking me several days and I had hoped to have something truly profound to share here. HA! (There is that performance mentality thing I struggle with so much, rearing its ugly head again!)
Truth is, Psalm 139 really IS profound! All by itself!
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue,
you know it completely, O Lord.
You hem me in–behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
I don’t even get to the “really good stuff” in this psalm before I have to stop and bow before my amazing, wonderful, kind, good, loving Lord.
Let me ask you this…as I ask myself. Are there activities that I tend to view as secular? You know…the sorts of things that I think fall outside of “God activities?” For instance, it is easy to see that going to church, having a quiet time, attending a fellowship group with other Christians and, maybe, even being with my family might be “sacred” activities. But what about website designing? What about grocery shopping? What about paying the bills for my 83 year old mom?
The truth is, in light of the above passage, it is clear that God certainly doesn’t draw a distinction between “secular” and “sacred.” The truth is every moment can be captured as a sacred one, every activity offered on the altar of my life, dedicated to God and His glory. I think this may be why Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:31: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
All that I do can be dedicated to God’s glory, whether it is eating, drinking (the most mundane things in life!), serving in the nursery at church, pulling weeds, mucking stalls, riding horses, helping my son with his highschool chemistry work, vacuuming the carpet or doing the laundry. God cares about everything.
If he really is searching and knowing me, when I sit and when I get up, perceiving my thoughts, my going out and lying down…gosh, all my ways…can I really claim that he doesn’t care or has no opinion or thought about my eating, how I view my body, my self, the struggles that I have to give this area of my life to him?
He cares…He definitely cares!