During Lent, we consider our relationship with the Holy One. We are but dust, yet made in the image of God.
It is two sides of the same coin. We are significant and beloved in God’s eyes, but who do we think we are to stand in the presence of the Almighty and ask for anything?
At God’s request and in God’s mercy, we enter into a covenant relationship. The unconditional love we experience in that relationship compels us to trust God with every fiber of our being.next >
One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock.
Psalm 27:4-5next >
“One thing I ask from the Lord…”
If you were entering into a contract with God and you could ask for any one thing, what would it be? And what would you offer God in return? A contract, after all, is usually between two parties who both agree to something – a service agreement for some kind of payment. In a contract with God, who serves and who pays? In God’s house, who serves and who is served?
In a covenant relationship with God, the lines are blurred between servant and master. Christ is both host and guest in our hearts. We invite him to come in as a guest and then, as we get to know each other, we ask him to be Lord because we trust him with our lives. The most holy and high God is also the one who took the very nature of a servant – humbling himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:8).
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Most high God, I am your servant. Because you first loved me, I trust you with my life. Because you have given the life of your Son for me, I love you. Amen.next >
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:13-14 (NIV)
Valerie Burton enjoys days that she can stay in her pajamas until after lunch, good coffee, Indian buffets, and rooting for her alma mater, Belmont University, to make it to the Big Dance. Valerie is the minister for Christian formation at Baptist Church of the Covenant in Birmingham, Alabama, where life is rich and full with her husband Allan and their two sons.
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