To What Does Your Soul Cling?

“My Soul clings to the dust; revive me according to Your word.” Ps 119:25

“And now why take the road to Egypt to drink the waters of Sior? Or why take the road to Assyria to drink the waters of the river?”

Jer 2:18

Isn’t it so? Our souls cling to the earth and the things of it, but our souls will languish for lack of nourishment if we are drinking from the waters of Egypt.

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, but our hope is not in the earth, but in heaven. The things of heaven are tied up in God’s word, and it is His word that raises our souls out of the dust from which we came.

David says, “I will eagerly race the way of Your commandments, for You will enable me to do so.” Ps 119:32

This is for us the very picture of faith. It is absolute trust that if I will act in accordance with what God has set forth in His word – what He has told me to do, He will meet me there and enable me to do whatever it is.

It is Abraham going out into the unknown to embrace the unfamiliar because of God’s word to him.

It is David running to meet Goliath; or the priests carrying the ark into Jordan – before the waters parted

The question must become “Will I act according to what I have heard from Him?”

“Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.” Ps 119:37

Revival in Gods’ way can be seen as a result of the turning of our affections as well as the catalyst. “I have restrained my feet from every evil way.”

It is the focus of the heart that determines our ability to see the kingdom of God – or not. Heavenly vision therefore, requires heavenly affections; and this is where faith and obedience mix.

Will we simply act in faith on what we have heard. We get to choose what we give our attention to, and in the ongoing sense, our affections are determined by the things we give our attention to, and that is what we will ultimately be conformed to; what we will become.

So many years later, and still I am not entirely captured by His brightness. It can’t be about the memory or “shadows” of an event, but the essence and reality of it which is eternal, and not passing.

Praying today the power of the Everlasting One will turn the focus of my affections heavenward, and in the turning, there I will find Him.

Nowhere do the scriptures present the crucified life as optional, but rather, as prerequisite to the risen life that is hidden with Christ in God.

By His grace and power today, we can resist the pull of the dust to which we too readily cling, and begin afresh with new affections for Him and the things of His kingdom.

May the Lord today direct our gaze to the wonders of Himself; that we would marvel and stand in awe of His transcendent life that He stooped so low to offer to us in its every dimension That He will enable not only our minds, but our hearts to “see” and reach again for the risen life that He has made available to us.

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2

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