I recently circled these words of David from Psalm 142:
Then I pray to you, O Lord.Psalm 142:5
I say, “You are my place of refuge.
You are all I really want in life.
The rest of that section of his Psalm says things like . . . “I cry out, I plead, I pour out my complaints and tell Him all my troubles. I look for someone to help me but no one gives me a passing thought.”
And the words before say:
No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me.Psalm 142:4b
Have you ever felt like David? Lonely? Afraid? Like no one cares?
If so, I want you to know that it is a lie straight from the pits of hell.
You see what David realized in the middle of his prayer is that…
Even if God is all you and I have, we have everything we need!
Jesus came to not only save us but He came to show people that TRUTH! He came to be everything we want and need!
In Luke 14, we have an account of another one of Jesus’ stories:
Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations.Luke 14:16
But people made excuses. They were busy or they had more important priorities.
They all began making excuses.Luke 14:18a
So the Master told His servant:
“Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.”Luke 14:23
After Jesus told them all were invited and all are wanted, He told them…
“But don’t begin until you count the cost.”Luke 14:28a
Because He knew the challenges, the rejections, the mocking, the persecution . . . the crosses His followers would have to carry. But He also knew the TRUTH that His ancestor, David, had spoken generations before…
You are all I really want in life.
Because He has promised to give us everything we need when He is all we want.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.Luke 12:31
A Prayer for Jesus to Be
Everything You Want and Need
Thank you Father for your invitation to each of us to turn from our frivolous and less than meaningful lives for an eternal relationship with You that is filled with purpose, peace, and love. Thank you for Jesus who makes it all possible.
He said there is a cost to following Jesus and surrendering my life to You. We may lose popularity, status, and relationships . . . but oh, the wonderful things we receive. Forgiveness. Hope. Peace. Contentment. Love. And so very much more. By Your grace, when Jesus is all we want we receive everything we need one moment at a time.
Because You are who You say You are and You faithfully keep Your promises, I can say from the depth of my heart . . . “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.” Amen.
Jesus is all we want and need!
When you and I repent and surrender our lives to Jesus no matter what it costs, when we make Jesus everything we want . . . He graciously becomes everything we need.
I can’t really explain it. I’ve shared before, that I held back a little bit of myself for years because I was afraid that the “cost” might be greater than I was willing to give. I was afraid I would have to sacrifice something that was too dear or that God would allow a pain that was too great.
I know now that was a lie from the enemy.
God has carried me through things I never believed I could endure. He’s carrying me through a difficult time right now. And He has proven to me…
The words for today’s note…
If Jesus is all I have; I have everything I need.
May God bless you as you invite the Holy Spirit to help you make Jesus everything you want and need.
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