Returning to the God Who Made Us

20160831_064734I left Atlanta early afternoon and arrived in Fort Collins by 5 p.m. On the way to the airport we stopped by a local Waffle House for breakfast, to cap off my southern experience. I got up early this morning to say goodbye to Mason and Carter as they headed off to school for “picture day.”

BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY… Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory. And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!” Psalm 90:16,17 NLT

Psalm 90 declares the glory and majesty of God. Every time I fly on an airplane and view the earth from 30,000 feet it is difficult to understand all of the activity that is taking place on the ground. With all of the human-centered activity, and all that is part of life, it is ironic how it all disappears from the view of the “heavens.”

At times we need a re-orientation about life and God. That is where this psalm takes us. The opening verses declare, Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God.” (Psalm 90:1,2 NLT) God is and has always been and when we remember that it keeps us steady and focused, when we forget about Him, we lose our plumb line and perspective.

The psalm reminds us of how the greatness of God and how even our years are a gift from Him. God is the giver of life and all life finds its purpose and meaning in Him. That is why the psalmist implores, O Lord, come back to us!…
Take pity on your servants! Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,  so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.” (Psalm 90:13,14 NLT)

Perhaps it is better to pray, “Lord, we are coming back to You…” That is because we more often “walk away” from the Lord more than Him, leaving us. The issue is when we feel separated from the Lord, the best thing to do is to reach out to Him. As we do we find Him ready and willing to respond to an open and sincere heart. David declared, “O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. (Psalm 51:17 NIV)

When God is at work, when His favor is on our life, He will crown us and our efforts with “success.” That which we desire is found being “at home” with God. That is a lesson and truth for all generations.

Prayer for today… Lord, You give us true success in life when we honor You and submit our lives to You. May we always make You our “forever” home and experience the stability and favor that comes from You.