Saturday, December 28, 2013

Who Am I?

Psalm 103:1-2 (NLT)
Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.  Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

I found a note on a small scrap of paper that said ‘all that I am, not all that I do’.  I jot these notes when something speaks to me – a discussion, author, sermon, song, or scripture.  I don’t remember when or why I saved this thought, but the day after I discovered it Biblegateway sent this prayer of David.  Hmm.

Paraphrase:  Let everything about me point to God.  Everything.

My house pulses with football this time of year.  While being a fan of a particular player doesn’t come close to having a relationship with God, let’s use the example.

If I’m a huge Peyton Manning fan, I learn everything I can about him:  his hometown and family life, his development from Pop Warner through college, personal influences and inspiration, all his accomplishments and stats and news from his personal life.  I follow him on Twitter and listen to all his press conferences and interviews.  And that’s just the research side of being his fan.  Of course I would wear Manning gear and enthusiastically promote and defend him in conversation using all my supporting facts.

Being a fan of Peyton is not a chore and it doesn’t take effort.  It’s not something I work at.  I am tuned in to absorb everything I can about him.  It is my passion.  It's who I am.

Now look back at David’s psalm and ask yourself:  Is praising God something I do?  Or is praising God who I am?

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