Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Valiant! Like David (Part 37)
I will extol You, my God, O King;

And I will bless Your Name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless You,

And I will praise Your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;

And His greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall praise Your works to another,

And shall declare Your mighty acts.

I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,

And on Your wondrous works.

Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,

And I will declare Your greatness.

Psalm 145:1-6 (NKJV)
Reverence is 'profound, adoring, awed respect' (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Think about it. Reverence is profound (penetrating to the depths of one's being), adoring (to love intensely), awed (overwhelming admiration) respect.*

What respectable person or cause do we love so intensely that we cannot help but show an overwhelming admiration, an admiration that penetrates to the depths of our being? What overruns our thoughts and overflows our hearts? What do we value so much we would sacrifice anything for it?

For David, It was God. He adored God. He talked about Him constantly, pleaded with Him often and praised Him without fail. He danced when the Ark of the Covenant came into Jerusalem, although his conduct did not seem 'kingly' to his wife. David just couldn't stay still or quiet about God.

Today, our world is filled with quiet Christians: citizens of Heaven with their mute buttons pressed. But is it possible to reverence God mutely? Can an all-consuming love be hidden? Can it be 'on' in church, but 'off' in the world?

'For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks' (Matthew 12:34)--doesn't it? 'Whoever believes in Me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them' (John 7:38)--don't they? Or can we dam God up? Perish the thought. God reigns, and He moves.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: King David said, 'Unite my heart to fear Your Name' (Psalm 86:11). Ask God the same thing--again and again. If we ask Him rightly, we shall receive Him abundantly. By His Word, our Lord will transform us into wholehearted, passionate, sold-out believers.

Because the world needs passion--not passivity.

Because no one respects a passive, inconsequential performance. Not the King of kings, nor the kings of Hollywood. If you reverence God, He will increase you in this land of idols. That's what He's always done, and His work will continue through you.

Your passion will not only shoot you forward and up, but it will also ignite your generation. They seek a cause. So show them the best One.

To Be Continued...

* Definitions in parentheses are from Random House and World English Dictionaries.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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