Have you ever stopped to think about what gets the attention in your home? What draws your focus, what occupies your soul? Are there things you have spent time or money on that swell you up with pride when you walk past them? When your children do something wonderful, do you credit self? When your husband gets up early with the kids to let you sleep in, do you think of how hard you worked the day before and how much you deserve the extra hour? Do things or self get the glory?
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Why do the nations say “Where is their God?” Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. But their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; they have hand, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them WILL BE LIKE THEM, and so will all those who TRUST in them.” Psalm 115: 1-8
I was struck by verse 8 this morning….if they became like their idols, they are paralyzed. Unable to speak, see, hear, smell, or walk. When OUR souls are trusting in the things of the world, when we take glory in self….are we deaf to the voice of the Lord? Are we blind to His presence? Is our speech able to pour forth His glory in our homes? Are we paralyzed from walking in His will? Can we smell the aroma of Christ? When we are choosing to glory something other than Christ, our ability to sense Him is limited or even dead. “It is not the dead who praise the Lord, those who go down to silence; it is WE who extol the Lord, both now and forevermore.” Psalm 115: 17-18.
Our children see what we idolize. They praise what we praise and adore what we adore. They trust what we trust.
This exert from St. Patrick’s breastplate has stuck with me over the last week (I couldn’t find the exact version that I have but this is close)…
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of eery man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.