Psalms 4: Moving Towards God
Psalms 4 is another one that is written by David, and it seems like it outlines how we are to relate to God. One verse in particular stood out to me.
Psa 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
I think that this stood out to me because some we are supposed to stand in awe of God and not sin. Standing in awe is equivalent to worship in my mind. We need to be amazed by what God has done acknowledge that on a daily basis.
However, there’s more to it than that. Upon gaining all of this knowledge and awareness of who God really is, we should be motivated to avoid sin. As an illustration, I have a feeling that when you were a kid you probably put your hand on something that was a little bit too hot. As you became aware of what it felt like to touch something really hot, you changed your behavior to never do that again.
Similarly, when we encounter God, it should have some impact on our behavior. I am not advocating works-based salvation, but I am saying that having a true relationship with God does change lives. You hear about these kinds of things all the time. Think about someone like Chuck Colson. His life radically changed when he met God. He wasn’t saved by his works, but his works demonstrated that change.
I think that we forget about this every so often. We go to church on Sunday and worship God. We have our daily devotional time, and we pray to God. We have a great day, and we thank God for that. All of that is great, and I think that we should do all of these things.
However, what else are we doing throughout the day? Have we made a conscious effort to stop the sin in our lives as well? That is the other side of the coin. We should be constantly working to move closer to God and avoid evil. It is a lot easier said than done, but when we are doing that and worshiping, our relationship with God will only improve.