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Focused without distractions

Oswald Chambers writes, “the abiding awareness of the believer’s life is to be God Himself, not just thoughts about Him. The total being of our life inside and out is to be totally obsessed by the presence of God.”

I realize I do not like the word “obsessed.”  It has too many negative connotations in the current psychology of our society.  Yet if I am totally obsessed by His Presence, then I am devoted/committed to Him and not distracted by the “trinkets” that I fill my life with. And if I maintain this deep devotion and discipline, then worries slip off and do not stick to me.  Instead, I can fill myself with wonder and gratitude for all He provides. Then He is truly a refuge, and my path is secure.

John Day River

Psalm 25

This week’s picture post includes three excerpts from Psalm 25.  I love the strength and range of emotion and relationship with God that the psalm includes.  The Psalmist asks God for guidance along the right path, and thanks Him for His unfailing love.  Yet the essence of the Psalm, and what must be the essence of our lives, is found in the first verse: “Oh, Lord, I give my life to you.  I trust in you, my God.”  I realize all too often that in my own life, I reserve a substantial part of me for myself, for my own willfulness. I still have a long way to go, even at my age.