Keeping the Weight on!

Yes, you read the title correctly. I am talking about keeping weight on. I know that seems a little strange in our obese trending society, but I’m not talking about the poundage you see when you step on the scale. However, the weight I am talking about is just as significant, for if we don’t monitor this weight it can have a very negative result in our life. If the weight I am referring to is not checked and adjusted we will suffer an even greater heart condition and throw our lives off and down an unhealthy path.

So what is this weight I am talking about? Well it’s the weight of importance we put on things such as self, others, family, friends, jobs, occupations, success, ideals, material things…those things we hold as powerful influencers in life. We choose to allow these items to sway or pull us in their direction. They become what we value and treasure in life, and as Jesus said:

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

What we consider weighty or of value, what we treasure influences us at the core.

So why am I talking about ‘keeping the weight on? Here’s why…

Psalm 29:1-2 Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness.

Psalm 96:7-9 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering and come into His courts. Worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth.

The word ‘ascribe’ in Hebrew (the original language of most of the Old Testament) literally means to give and can be interpreted as ‘regard a quality as belonging to,’ or to honor. As well, this word is written in the command form. Also, the word glory can be translated as heavy in weight or weighty importance. So we are given a directive to tell of God’s weightiness or high importance to us. Some have called that expressing God’s majesty, or to ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name.

See, to ‘glorify’ is to speak of the beauty and weighty importance of that which we are talking about.

Psalm 34:3 Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt His name together.
Psalm 86:12 I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever.
Psalm 115:1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to Your name be the glory, because of Your love and faithfulness.

We are to keep God as a huge weight in life and ascribe often how beautiful (glorious) He is, and to tell of how attractive is His love, of how delightful is His mercy, and of how magnificent is His grace.

So here are a few questions to ponder: How weighty is God in your life? How can you keep God as the biggest influential weight in your life? How would you ascribe God the glory due His name?

Just something to think about today…

Keeping the weight on of our amazing God in our lives with you,

Mike

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