I am approved by God!!!
Wake up, get your coffee, and spend a few minutes contemplating the above scripture. God knows you. God knows your thoughts. The psalmist goes on to say
”You see me, whether I am working or resting; you know all my actions. Even before I speak, you already know what I will say.” How does it feel to know that God knows everything about you? For some of us, it might feel a bit uncomfortable. Many of us think that God is up in heaven with a giant scorecard keeping a record of all our sins and omissions. Oh no, Mary was a little short with her husband yesterday—1 demerit. Catharine was watching a movie with some nudity in it—3 demerits. Joann took her elderly neighbor grocery shopping—3 gold stars.
Would it make you feel better to know that God does not expect you to be perfect? He knows that we are a work in progress. Don’t go around feeling guilty and condemned. We shouldn’t be flippant in our attitude toward sin. When we make a mistake, repent, shake it off, and move on. The enemy (satan) is called “the accuser of the brethren.” We hear voices in our head that tell us that we are not good enough. Quit believing that junk!! God loves you. You are the apple of God’s eye. God approves and accepts you just as you are.
Psalm 139 is meant to be read as assurance that God knows you personally—that he created you and keeps watch over you. Listen to the next few verses.
I look behind me and you’re there
Then up ahead and you’re there, too--
Your reassuring presence, coming and going,
If I settle on the far side of the sea,
Even there your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.
How might your day be different if you started it by thinking, “I am approved by Almighty God. I am wonderfully made. I am chosen and accepted. No matter where I am, God is holding my hand.” Just feel the joy welling up inside! Have a great week and share the good news of God’s love with a friend.
Affirmation: I am the beloved child of the Most-High God.