I think about this verse in Luke 9 often: 57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” If I ever wonder why or how or what causes me to feel so far away from Jesus, I only have to look to myself. Following Jesus is costly. Many times, I want to follow Jesus, but, like Frank Sinatra I wish to do it my way. The Fact is, I get in the way of my walk with Jesus. I complain, I want and desire things I do not need. I am selfish, and my selfishness keeps me from seeing the Greatness of God clearly. I can trust, and have trusted that the Word of God is true, and if Romans 8:28 says that God uses all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose, then I also must realize that none of this is about me at all! Some of Paul's greatest thoughts on freedom were written from prison cells. All but one of the apostles died for their faith. And from the beginning of The Way of Christ, many brothers and sisters have suffered, been cast out, or even have given their lives for the cause of Jesus. What does this say to me?
He is the I AM, and is greater than I am. I need to focus on His will, and not on my present situations
Psalm 96 English Standard Version (ESV)
Worship in the Splendor of Holiness
96 Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! 4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. 6 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! 8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! 9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;[a] tremble before him, all the earth!
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.”
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; 12 let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy 13 before the Lord, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.
Psalm 96:9 Or in holy attire