My time on this earth began with a privilege that many people don’t have. I was born to a mother who loved the Lord and who raised me with a purpose. She helped build a foundation of Jesus Christ in my life. As I got older and started to go on my own I began to stray away from my foundation and for many years I was much like the Israelites wandering in the wilderness.
As a child I served the Lord to the best of my ability but as I got older and started to come into my own I started to take my own path in life.As I look back at my life today I can see that my life was much like that of a revolving door. Many times I would get off on one side where I would find myself doing my best to live for the Lord, going to church, seeking him daily, just to go back on that revolving door and exit on the other side where I didn’t go to church, didn’t live for the Lord, barely prayed unless I really needed something.
As much as I would stray away from the Lord, I believe the foundation that was built for me as a child made it so that I would never stray away too far. Now as an adult, I have made a commitment to the Lord. A commitment not to keep going in and out of that door but to stay on the side where I am, living for Him and serving Him. Through the years He has shown me his faithfulness in my life and in the life of those around me. Through His Word, He has revealed to me my worth and my purpose.
David is the author of this passage of scripture and while I want to focus more on what was written rather than the writer, I believe it is important to point out that at the time of this writing David was in the very late years of his life.
1 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
I believe that David also walked through that same revolving door. There comes a point in our lives when we have to make a decision that we are done going in and going out of that door.
You see once we truly realize what we have and who we are, we won’t want to take the risk of wasting our lives in the darkness and losing our purpose. David describes how awesome we are as God’s creation. How amazing and wonderfully made we are. How much God loves us that he constantly cares for us and watches over us.
Something happens at verse 19. David takes an about face. He just got done describing how he realizes who he is and who created him and now he begins to tell how he doesn’t want anything to try to destroy what God has done.
19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Church we have to realize who created us and in the fashion in which he did and we have to realize how wonderful that creation is and we have to love it so much that we can recognize there are things that are trying to destroy us and we have to seek the Lord and ask him to keep us away from those things and they be in our lives, to remove it!
We were created with a purpose and if we allow the enemy to overtake our lives and we allow sin to rule than we lose out on our purpose!
7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
We were created for God’s glory to worship Him!
We fulfill our purpose by living our lives in accordance to His word and through our relationship and service to Him.
1 Samuel 12:24
Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
We must acknowledge him as our creator and Praise Him for His creation!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
The more we get to know God the more we love Him and the more we begin to fulfill our purpose.
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
God also has unique plans and purposes for each one of us. While I can’t tell you exactly what those plans are, I can tell you that they will ultimately result in His glory.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Once we come to the realization of how amazing our creator is, how wonderfully made we are, and how much He loves us, we will want nothing
to ever keep us from our true purpose. No matter what it is that we are doing, we must do it in accordance to God’s word. If we aren’t worshipping Him in everything we do than we aren’t truly fulfilling our purpose.
When you feel like you dont matter, when you feel like you don’t belong, when you feel like you have nothing worth living for, when you feel like you aren’t making a difference in this world, when you feel like your not good enough, when you feel like your not worthy….begin to do what you were created for. Worship the Lord because that is your true purpose and nothing will ever make you feel more complete than doing what God has created you to do!