Day One: Not petrified

Psalm 132:1-5 (MSG)

 O God, remember David, remember all his troubles! And remember how he promised God, made a vow to the Strong God of Jacob, “I’m not going home, and I’m not going to bed, I’m not going to sleep, not even take time to rest, Until I find a home for God, a house for the Strong God of Jacob.”

 “We want a Christian faith that has stability but is not petrified, that has vision but is not hallucinatory… How do we get the adult maturity to keep our feet on the ground and retain the childlike innocence to make the leap of faith?” – [Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, p. 157]

Psalm 132 recounts the story of David bringing the ark of the Lord home in 2 Samuel chapters 6-7. In his excitement, David worshiped unashamed (in his wife’s words “half-naked”!), and he even promised to build God a house to live in. Yet, the Lord had other plans in mind for David (and for all Israel), but he honored David’s zeal to worship him.

Can you think of commitments you’ve made to God in the past?

How did God respond to your commitments to him?

How can these kinds of commitments keep us “stable, not petrified” in our walk of faith and obedience?

Spend some time closing in prayer, asking God for a renewed childlike faith that pursues to honor the Lord.