Our Pastor, John Piper, is back after a renewing and reflecting eight month leave. We are so blessed to be brought to the feet of Jesus as He preaches. The text from the sermon he preached on Sunday is still being recited in my mind. I am still right there as I find myself amazed at the clarity I felt as we studied a familiar passage of scripture...the Lord's prayer. You can hear the sermon here...Our Deepest Prayer: Hallowed Be Your Name. I think it is so worth your time.
Our Father who are in heaven...hallowed be your name... Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
As Dr. Piper points out, the first three petitions of this prayer are all about God...His name, His will and His Kingdom. Treasured be God's name..I long to have my heart live there...in a place where I wholly treasure His name and his Will. How words can lose there meaning over time and repetition and then how God can make them alive again to us. My mind has not let go of the freshness and newness of these words.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
And those verses that direct our thoughts to the amazing, the profound...the supernatural...are followed by the more practical, earthly pleas for God's provision and grace. As the sermon pointed out, these petitions within the prayer are about our food, our forgiveness, our holiness. These verses bring me back to the every day living out of our faith. We can not have one without the other.
The contrast of the focus of these petitions is such a beautiful picture of how we are to live. We make it so hard sometimes..digging for the answers, when they are laid out right before us within scripture. It is about divine balance. We have been misled by society's perception of balance. I think society has allowed balance to be used as an excuse for selfishness in so many ways. We can so easily create a box around ourselves and then fill that box with only what we can handle or that makes us comfortable..within that box, there may many things that are worthy of our time...but whom are we trusting when we create our own world...whose world is it anyway? And we do it all in the name of achieving balance.
I long to strive for Divine balance as laid out in the Lord's prayer. Coming to the foot of the cross with my everyday struggles, sins and needs. But, all the while treasuring God's name, seeking His will...and praising His name. I look forward to expanding my definition of what it means to live in Divine balance...I want to live there...through the mundane, through the struggles, through the triumphs.