“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them shout for joy forever. May you shelter them, and may those who love your name boast about you.”
All throughout the word of God, it is plainly shown that we must choose. There is a choice to be made, that shows what we find valuable. That choice for what we find valuable ultimately leads to an outcome.
One of the best examples of this is found when Jesus speaks about the parable of the lost sheep and the lost coin. In Luke 15 we see a story about a man who had 100 sheep and one came up missing. We also see a story of a woman who had 10 silver coins and loses one. Both of them sacrifice something to seek that one lost “thing”. Why? Because they see value in it! The man leaves his 99 sheep to go and find the one. The woman lights a candle stops everything she is doing and diligently searches her entire house!
After the sacrifice is made and the valuable thing is found they both celebrate! They rejoice over finding that thing of value. All of their friends and family knew how important that thing was by the way they sought to find it.
Same goes for us in our lives. People should know what we value in life by what we seek after and the results that come from it. If we seek to take refuge in God in the midst of trials, people will know. If we seek to have healthy body & minds, people will know. If we seek financial freedom, people will know. If we seek after community, people will know. If we seek after a loving relationship, people will know. If we seek long-lasting friendships, people will know.
Seeking a healthy body & mind is one that many of us attempt, especially around this time of the year. People will know that we value it because of the sacrifices we are willing to make. For myself, I get called “grandpa” by my friends at times because I am in bed at 9! But I value my rest, I value my body, and I wake up at 4 am! It’s obvious to those around me that I value my health because of the way I sleep, the way I eat (or attempt to), and the way I get up early to make it to my local Crossfit gym. I see value in it so I sacrifice for it.
Seeking financial freedom is also noticeable. People will know if we value financial freedom if we are tithing, saving, and paying off debt (or staying debt free). They will know that we value financial freedom because we take the time to set up a budget, and stick to it. We monitor what we spend, we say no to things that aren’t in the budget, etc… I see value in it, so I sacrifice for it.
If we value community we seek after it. We will make the choice to go out of our way to help the community around us. We get involved in the local church. We volunteer our time. We feed the homeless. We serve at church. We get passionate about those around us and do whatever we can to help. We see value in the community so we sacrifice for it.
We all want a loving relationship. It’s apart of us all. When we fall in love we make the choice to love them with all our hearts. We take risks. We learn to change. We learn to forgive. There are many sacrifices that are made for the one that we love. We’ll go above and beyond to show them that we love & appreciate them. People will notice the love we have for the person that they are with by the choices they make for that person. Not out of obligation, but out of love. They find value in a loving relationship so they sacrifice for it.
Long lasting friendships are by far one of the most noticeable things. If we value a friendship, we go out of our way to continually invest time into that friendship. We make the effort to hang out, to help, to travel, to talk, to be there in times of need. Like many things in life, friendships take effort.
The Psalmist expresses such a beautiful truth in this passage. The psalmist see’s value in taking refuge in God. He knows that when someone takes refuge in God, that the benefits are incredible. He knows the Father’s heart. He values his relationship with God, so he invests. It’s apparent throughout all the psalms! The Psalmist is desperate for God and because of that choice to seek God, there were sacrifices made….
Where ever you are at today in your life. Remember that our choices send a message to the world around us. The choices we make send a message to those we love. The choices we make send a message about what we find valuable in life & someday those choices will be shown to the world with the results…
You’ll have the healthy body and mind.
You’ll have financial freedom.
You’ll see a vibrant community around you.
You’ll have an amazing marriage that portrays Christ.
You’ll have a consistent group of friends that are family.
Most importantly, God’s light will shine to the world in the darkest moments of your life…
God sent His one and only Son for you. He loved and adored you so much that He bankrupted heaven JUST to have you. That’s your value. He didn’t need to, He made a choice to.