We all have many friends that live around our lives, some pass through for a season others stay around for longer. I begin this blog not with friendship in mind directly buy more to ask I wonder out of all those friends or acquaintances now many helped us on our journey though life. Who has impacted me and to what extent? It always amazes me we have friends even that don’t help and well as those that do. Who walked through my life and is still doing so, being the imprint of wisdom through words, actions. Who has become the fingers of God working in my life, is this not “every joint supplying”. I opened up a meeting on Sunday with this thought “…to join my self to any one even to be joined to a people group, a church, cannot be just to attend…” Unfortunately for far to many this is so, the Christ like life degenerate to attending rather a relational joining, a felt joining, even the language used can be ever so relational but do we feel one another? It’s much more “you are not joined until I feel you, we have not joined until we feel one another”.
I would suggest that Jesus showed this in his own life painting pictures constantly of this, glimpses of joining’s so many times. One story comes to mind of the woman who had bled for 12 years she came not just to be in the crowed but to join herself to him. When she did so Jesus felt it, it was not just a healing we are told Jesus felt something leave him. She was joined he felt it and I am sure she did, a story of order, government (number 12 is always seen as government, 12 tribes, 12 apostles of the lamb, 12 disciples etc.) her life came back into order after 12 years of disorder. This was a relational touch in story form “she touched him”, actually her healing came not as she just brushed past his prayer blanket, in her action she joined here self to him and Jesus announced “…who touched me…”, I felt it flow from me. Is this not “ever joint supplying”?
Back to where I began some people touch our lives and help us to put lenses on that enable us to see bigger picture to get a balance back in life, others to see the detail of all that goes around, some more to put lenses that assist us to appreciate people and circumstance, and there are those that even help us to see with future lenses making sense of past and future along with present. Few come along and probe strategic questions on how we see , view so that we can prioritize or respond correctly. Questions that shake but ultimate make secure our journey and the way we live that journey.
Here is my point reading today the Psalmist viewpoint as life is lived around him and as the Message translation brings home some necessary view to consider reading today. I read a simple word yet major in its consequence if dealt with incorrectly it could shipwreck a life but if dealt with correctly will enhanced and make authentic our faith journey and intimate relationship with the Christ of God.
Psalm 106:1-3 says “…hallelujah! Thank God! And why? Because he’s good, because his love lasts. But who on earth can do it — declaim God’s mighty acts, broadcast all his praises? You’re one happy man when you do what’s right, one happy woman when you form the habit of justice.
What a great opening and a wonderful habit to get into asking WHY? It’s not any why being asked here, it’s why are you being God focused, why are you thankful focused and why are you both together thanking God? Don’t just do it as the pressure of the crowed or the church you belong too expectantly expect you to conform in what we call “worship” just do it. I think God likes the question to be able to cut through the dross of performance to the real essence of you and his relationship felt with us.
The Psalm commences with Hallelujah where does that go to, what is its meaning here. Praise it starts with in heart and action then we have an abrupt stop WHY?
One sure thing that this WHY exposes is don’t give you self to form the anchor of things that are so emotional, soul issues, gaining ego stuff or position to be included in the inner group the things of life that change and that are insecure, find the unchanging stuff. Find a WHY that is worthwhile and a WHY that is compelling, a WHY that brings a reason and momentum an advance, that creates a sure foundation.
Praise, thanks, WHY these three may be a good combination for life’s journey a threesome, a coupling that brings a way forward.
Three legs of an expressive disciple, a disciple that turns his her heart to the Lord becomes one of these who God looks for!
That we have a WHY not to undermine but to engaged further, to become personally authentic, rather than to be part with this group I have to do it. So I need to understand WHY and there is a way to ask my WHY’s even. How can I ask an empowering WHY, not just a child’s frustrated why or we even a rebellious why, but a why so I can get to know me along with my motivations.
This WHY is to bring and understanding of
The overcoming power of testimony
An encounter of God
Why I do what I do that the expression comes from an inner well.
That no religion distracts or engrosses
That no unreality destroys authenticity
That we are always aware of the inner man discovering in the wilderness of inner the challenges of motive.
WHY ASK WHY?
Should I never ask, is it productive, should it be part of my life’s cycle, do I have the ware all on managing asking the question.
WHY are you doing what you’re doing, find the answer the Father will bring it, WHY is a powerful a belonging word, it really will cause you to feel your relationship when WHY’s are asked that we will feel one another as we bring form to our WHY’s of life and faith.