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Under Construction

11/1/19 | Encouragement | by Tom Marsala

Under Construction

    There has been a lot of construction going on down the street from us this year.  The one thing that always amazes me is how much time is spent on leveling and grading.  It is a pretty important part of the deal before they set the foundations and build roads.

    In Psalm 16:5-8 David expresses the firm foundation of our trust in the Lord:

    The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. I bless the Lord, who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken”

    It is interesting to note that David uses construction terms in this Psalm.  The “lines” in verse 6 refer to measuring cords used in laying out distances and the word “set” in verse 8 is a construction term meaning “leveled out”.  It is intentional- “I have set”. Literally, I have measured and leveled-out this place for the Lord and so I will not be moved upon it; He and I are on a level foundation together-continually.

    I find myself wondering how intentional my relationship with God is.  How well do I set Him continually before me? To be honest, there are times that I don’t.  Often times there is still scrub, garbage and uneven mounds of dirt lying around that need to be pushed aside so that my God and I may be on level ground together.  I find myself setting idols up rather than setting my eyes upon Jesus.

    The reality of the worship of my God is that I want clean ground for Him.  I want to welcome Him in every aspect of my life. I want level ground to stand firm on and I want Him at my right hand, unshakable, unmovable on a firm foundation.  I see the amount of time that construction uses just to grade out and level; it’s got to be done right the first time! I definitely want my heart prep to always become more intentional towards the Lord.

    Please understand that I’m not talking about a works-based relationship. 

    I totally understand my inability to do anything without the empowerment of God’s Spirit.  Paul says that he has not arrived yet, but he presses on, laying hold of that for which Christ has laid hold him (Philippians 3:12).  This is progressively becoming more and more like Christ. Let’s level out our ground for Him each day so that having Him at our side and practicing His presence becomes an expression of our love and desire to show Him worthy!

    I look forward to each Sunday morning.  Oh, that we may grow in grace towards unity in our worship and praise time!  That’s my prayer for all of us.

    Serving Him with you all-

    Tom Marsala | Worship Pastor & Lay Elder