What Holds First Place With You?

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Psalm 91:14-16, “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.  He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.  With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”

This morning as I read this beautiful Psalm, I noticed something that I had not seen before; this promise of deliverance is conditional on us setting our love on Him. He promises to deliver us because we have set our love on Him. What does it mean to set your love on someone? That word set, means to place in a particular position or posture, to put in a proper position. I daresay that until we learn to put God in His proper position, to honor Him and give Him first place, we will not see the remainder of these verses come to pass in our lives.

So many of us expect the blessing, but refuse to do what this verse says. We do what we want, but expect God to bless us. Salvation is a free gift. Grace is undeserved favor. Healing was provided when Jesus took the stripes on His back, but we must know His Name and put Him first for deliverance, honor and long life. We cannot be like the world, expecting something for nothing. We must know God, set our love on Him and know every aspect of His Name. His Word must be in our hearts and on our lips. We must crave His presence and exalt Him in our lives.

How do you do that? By being mindful of Him all day, everyday. Not an afterthought or a desperate cry for help in the middle of a crisis. He must be the first one you greet in the morning. The first one you think about as you wake from your sleep. Your heart must yearn for Him as you would a lover. When your heart can’t wait to spend time with Him and lavish your love on Him, He will not just show up, He’ll become involved in every aspect of your life. Why? He wants first place.

Father, I give You first place in my life today. Every moment of my day becomes wrapped up in my awareness of You. You are so close, I feel Your breath on the back of my neck, directing my steps, interrupting my plans, breathing life into all my flesh. I would not expect less of You because I have set my love upon You and have known Your Name. You quicken my heartbeat and I can think of nothing but You today. Help me to not get overwhelmed by the cares of this life, but to think on You and know You as Provider, Deliverer, Healer, Salvation, Peace, Mighty Fortress and Father. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen

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