Needy

The spiritual Copernican revolution restores God to his place of greatness and grandeur. It also repairs our obsession with ourselves. David penned the words of the Psalm 40:17, “As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!” (ESV) I really need God. I cannot accomplish anything of kingdom significance without the Spirit.

Jesus reminded us of the garden secret. “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5, ESV) These are not simply sweet sentiments. They are core spiritual realities. If I am going to bear fruit, I must rely on him. It has to be all about God. My self-directed efforts will fall short. I really do need God.

Until that sinks deep into our spirits we will always rely on our strength and wisdom. We will be the center of our universe. God will rotate around us. He exists for our benefit.

Repeat the words of David: “As for me, I am poor and needy.”  Do those words ring hollow? Is it obvious that you still cling to a mistaken view that you can do it on your own? Humble yourself and let God return to his vaunted place on his heavenly throne. Then you will experience fresh life and joy.

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