Today’s passage says this: “Lord, remember David and all his self-denial. He swore an oath to the Lord, he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: “I will not enter my house or go to my bed, I will allow no sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, till I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.””
LOVE… this is the greatest ache of our world. Normal: the king of this world is still ruling and he teaches us is selfishness (me, myself and I) and of course this takes us so far from God’s plan. The fact is that pride results from pvervaluing ourselves above others and it leads to restlessness, and sometimes frustration. Why? Because it makes us dissatisfied with what we have and concerned about what we don’t have or what everybody else is doing. My brother, my sister, pride keeps us away from hungering to give more attention and worship our Lord. By contrast, humility put others first and allows us to be content with God’s leading in our lives. Such contentment gives us security so that we no longer have to prove ourselves to others. Let’s therefore allow humility and trust in the Lord affect our perspectives and give us the strength and freedom to serve God and others.
This Psalm is the expression of love that stems from God: David’s desire to build the Temple makes Him restless; he is troubled and bothered so much that he cannot sleep, because he looks at the beautiful palace he built for himself after becoming a king and he feels he needs to correct the situation. My friend, Jesus came after David and taught us that we need to learn to love God and others first above ourselves, and unless you get close enough to God, you will never become restless enough to practice this truth, because we live in a world that promotes all the contrary. In other words, for God’s will to be accomplished through us in this world, we need to learn to love in a godly way, we need to learn to adopt to the Kingdom’s rules and none of this can happen when we remain far from Jesus.
How do you know you are far from Jesus? When you pick and choose what you want to do from His Gospel… when you remain isolated from fellow believers, because Jesus came to teach us togetherness (sharing with others), not individualism (self-centeredness)… that is why up to the cross, He was not alone: two people were by His sides. My friend, someone who barely shares with others cannot love God: “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen” (1 John 4:20)… God is clear: the contrary of love is hatred! How can someone who can’t share good things to people around him/her ever build a Temple to God? How love for God is seen in what we do for others… and by others I don’t mean your mum, dad, brother, sister for what you do for them could be a simple duty of care. When is the last time you gave a shelter to a stranger ? Have you ever fed the poor on the street? Have you stopped to talk to someone near you who always look sad to try and bring them the joy of salvation that Jesus has given you? If you have not become restless about your neighbour… you won’t become restless about the things of God you do not see! Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.