My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin. Malachi 2:5-6
…this called for reverence AND he revered me and stood in awe of my name. Wow! What will we revere and stand in awe of this week? What will we allow to fill our “cup” our time and fuel our energies? The only One who truly fills is Jesus, the rest only leaves us drained and weighed down ultimately. Psalm 23 starts out, The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. Do we remember when, though we live in America, we last felt we had no want?! Not to be in ‘want’ requires the Lord to be our Good Shepherd, however that means we need to see ourselves as humble sheep in need of Him as such. Do we?
Psalm 23 also says He will lead us – restore our souls – guide us – be with us and comfort us – He can fill us to overflowing! Why? …for his name’s sake (verse 3)! Jesus is Sovereign Lord but how much of our lives reflect that we have submitted to His authority as such? Is He our one desire? Do we wake up with the mindset of wanting to be a reflection of Him, dependent upon Him, finding our security solely in Him, seeking harmony with Him first, submitting to Him in all things, finding our validation in and from Him alone, is our concern for Him first, do we reverence Him enough to remain silent before Him as our Sovereign Father, willing to rest in His all sufficiency as The Great I AM, able to meet all our needs? Remembering that He is the vine we are just the branch and apart from Him we can do nothing anyway! If we truly did the world would take notice for His name’s sake.
Read Colossians 3:18-24. How in the world can we live up to that if we are not filled with Him?! We can’t. My submission to my husband is a gift to him out of worship to my King. There is no way my husband can give himself up for me and love me like Christ loves the church in all my flawed human nature unless he is filled with the Holy Spirit! Even the best marriages are made up of two sinful people. However one of the best things you can give your children is a marriage firmly built up and upon Jesus. How too can a child respect and honor their parents always, or an adult show honor and respect in the workplace as verse 23 depicts when they disagree? Out of reverence and obedience for their King, that’s how.
Often it is on the OTHER side of choosing to worship and honor your King through your obedience even when you do not feel like it that true joy is found overflowing your cup; because that is when you are fulfilling the purpose for which your were created: to bring glory and honor to the King.
Think of the disciples all unlikely friends, very different personalities yet they stuck together. When you allow Jesus to be your cup filler you will not be in need of your spouse, your family, your coworkers, boss, or church to fill you with what they were never created to, you will already be overflowing with all that He has poured out into you so that you can be truly free to love the world with His love and in His strength and energy! However the degree to which you are filled just might equal the amount of time you are holding your cup out to the Good Shepherd to fill it.
Dear Jesus, this week please fill us out of your glorious riches and strengthen us with Your power through Your Spirit within us. Jesus please grant us an unshakable faith and ever increasing trust in You as You establish Your love in our hearts that we may have the power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is Your love for us and to know it though it surpasses knowledge so that we may be filled with all the fullness of You so that You might spill out of us and onto the world around us and they may know You too! Praise the mighty matchless name of Jesus!
Independent Read: John 15:5, Ephesians 4:1-6, Ephesians 5:22-33,6:1-4, Ephesians 3:16-19, Nehemiah 8:10, Colossians 1:29, John 13:35, Psalm 22:30-31