Okay ladies, does something ever just grab you, something you’ve heard a million times over? And you’ve said it or sung it yourself over and over, but it was like a habit and you never really got it… until now?
That just happened! To.Me.This.Morning!
“Tune MY heart to sing Thy grace”.
Whose grace and glory are we supposed to sing about? Not mine, not my pride, not my voice, not my skills or gifts or looks. GOD’S grace and glory. Here’s the kicker… our heart needs a tune-up. Why? Because we don’t automatically point to God each and every time.
I love that word, tune-up. Even though it refers to cars most times, in this case it gives me a picture… we tune up to God. Not down to ourselves. We get in tune with God!
Anyway, moving right along… In our culture today, it’s so hard to think about pointing to God each and every time. We are in the “what’s in it for me” type of society because it’s all about me. It comes back to me. Oh I sang that song so beautifully, oh I wrote such a great poem or blog, look at me, me, ME! Especially with people patting you on the back or telling you what a great job you did.
We have many Biblical tales of people with pride issues. Just one such example is Haman in Esther. Shoot it didn’t get him killed. On the very gallows he built for the one who didn’t feed into his pride. Psalm 10:2 In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.
Proverbs 11:12 When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.
There are 53 verses in the bible that mention the word Pride. Don’t you think it’s a huge deal to God if He takes the trouble to mention it 53 times?!!! It’s obviously not from God. 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
So how do we have a humble spirit in a world where pride rules? How do we quash our pride when it’s just raring it’s ugly head to get out and shine.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
If we need our minds renewed, we are intentionally reading God’s Word. We are intentionally making a time to spend praying and then listening to what God has for us. We are asking God to “Tune my heart to sing Thy grace”. And how often should we do it? Each and every day! If His mercies are new every morning, we might just think that every morning needs a fresh dose of renewing in our minds. This doesn’t just happen, it’s intentional. Victories are won with intentional battle plans.
And all of us make excuses. For me it’s getting more sleep after my husband goes to work early. I should get up and make more time with God. I know, the kids have to get to school. But can’t you get up earlier than the kids (just like me) so you have that time for God? And why does it have to be in the morning… you know that’s the next blog a comin’.
But for now, I will try and stay up early and get more tune-up time with God. I hope you find your time with God as well.