Saturday, February 19, 2011

Something I saw today...

Master 8 and I were driving home today from being in town this morning. We drove past this parked van. On the back of the van it had "Justify your Existence". It had me wondering. What a strange statement. I thought about how would that apply in regards to being a Follower of Jesus? Do I need to justify my existence to God?

We didn't go to church this morning so I decided to read a Psalm to Master 8 this morning (as some kind of penance). I read Psalm 139. How fitting to read such a lovely Psalm. Here it is for you to read:

1 You have searched me, LORD,
   and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
   you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
   you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
   you, LORD, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
   and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
   too lofty for me to attain.
 7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
   Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
   if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
   if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
   your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
   and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
   the night will shine like the day,
   for darkness is as light to you.
 13 For you created my inmost being;
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
   your works are wonderful,
   I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
   when I was made in the secret place,
   when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
   all the days ordained for me were written in your book
   before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
   How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
   they would outnumber the grains of sand—
   when I awake, I am still with you.
 19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
   Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
   your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, LORD,
   and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
   I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
   test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
   and lead me in the way everlasting.

So do I need to justify my existence??? I know it was just a slogan on a van but do I feel the need to justify 'being'? 

I'm so glad that I have been made in God's image and have in me the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. My life has meaning and value because of the LORD whom I serve and the God who created me. If you ever feel you need to justify being on this planet remember that even before you came into this world you were seen by divine eyes and knit together in your mothers womb, your days are already written in God's book. You are loved, you are adored, you are needed. God created you for relationship with others, not to be an island in isolation. Let your little patch of real estate shine!

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