Saturday, June 20, 2015

Devotional Thought : Psalm 51:12

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12

David requested a willing spirit to sustain him. A willing spirit that would motivate him not a driven spirit that would push him. How do we cultivate a 'willing spirit'?

In Isaiah 6 we read the account of Isaiah's call to prophetic ministry. There is a three part progression. In the first three verses there is the revelation of God's holiness. Next is Isaiah's realization of his own sinfulness. Then, after being cleansed, Isaiah's willing response is, "Here am I. Send me!"

Isaiah had a unique encounter with God and while we may not have this same experience we can still understand the depth of God's holiness. God is not just a bit better or a bit nicer than us, he is in a total different category. In the Bible the most common response, when someone became aware of God’s holiness, was to fall facedown, usually terrified (Matthew 17:6, Revelation 1:17).

A true realization of God's holiness makes us aware of our un-holiness. In our own sight we often excuse ourselves since we avoid the more obvious behavioural sins. Yet God "judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).

Receiving God's cleansing is such a relief when we have seen the depth of our sin from the perspective of a holy God. Then it is out of immense gratitude that we want to serve God.

Serving God out of our own resources causes driven-ness. Alternatively responding out of appreciation for all God has done causes us to be motivated by gratitude. Often we can tell our motivation by our reaction to the outcome. A driven spirit wants to see results, a willing spirit leaves the outcome to God.

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