This year in the final USA Today coaches poll, there was one vote for Virginia Tech as the number two team in the country. It seemed rather strange to many people to see this team so highly ranked, until it was revealed that this vote came from Frank Beamer, the head coach at Virginia Tech. Many people think the system is unfair, since the coaches have such a vested interest in the rankings. Based on the Coach’s desire to be highly ranked, they seem to be unable to give an objective evaluation. Can you relate to this sort of inner conflict?
Recently at Redeemer, we have studied the life of David, a man that clearly was prone to wonder from the clear Words of God. However, he seems to always come back to God in brokenness and repentance. This sort of life, characterized by humility and contrition, results in a realistic and (much more importantly) biblical view of oneself. David viewed life through the lenses of God’s grace, as we will see this Sunday as we consider Guidance from God in the Uncertainty of Life, from Psalm 25. Notice the ways David expresses his need for this powerful God in this text:
O my God, in you I trust; (verse 2); for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long (verse 5); Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD! (verse 7); Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. (verses 8-9)
David seems to be assuming a need for God’s direction; God’s insight; God’s approval. Let me ask you, do you view yourself as this needy? Are you pleading for guidance from the Lord in this way? Are you satisfied with you own self-evaluation of your marriage, attitudes and motivations? Have you asked for the evaluation of others? The beautiful thing about the gospel is that it answers David’s prayer in verse 11: ” For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great.” This is the good news! We don’t have to life a perfect life, but trust in the One who did! However, this gospel does not operate in a vacuum, or without interaction with other believers (the local church!). How is the Lord sanctifying you by means of the local church? How aggressively are you pursuing humility and the loving, gentle evaluations of others? Are you ranking yourself too highly? So, if you’re in the Houston area, Join us this week as we seek to humble ourselves and thereby draw the gaze of the Creator of the universe!