Check Your Focus

We as believers should be following, and obeying the Word of God; we know that God’s word is true, however, all too often we ignore the things that it tells us to do. We tend to focus on what we consider the big verses, the ones that fulfill that Rhema word, we need that second announcement from God for our day or circumstance. I too have experienced that word powerful in the moment that gives me direction and comfort. But this is different than that. This is a conscious effort to focus only on the Lord and who he is and what he does rather than on what we need and want.

As I was studying the other morning through the book of Psalms it was impressed upon me that there is a need for us to focus our attention on God’s glorious deeds. Not only will it empower our faith, but it will focus our attention, and our hearts away from this world’s issues and back to our first love. And we need to be focused in these troubled times.

Psalm 103 tells us of God’s glorious deeds. I am going to take a few moments to write them down for you. 

  1. His benefits-His gifts, His favor, His kindness, His advantage, His value.
  2. He forgives ALL our sins.
  3. Heals ALL our diseases.
  4. Redeems our life from the pit.
  5. Crowns us with love and compassion.
  6. Satisfies our desires with good things.
  7. Renews our youth.
  8. He works righteousness and justice for ALL the oppressed. 
  9. He is compassionate and gracious.
  10. Slow to anger, abounding in love.
  11. He does not always accuse us.
  12. He does not harbor anger forever.
  13. He DOES NOT treat us as our sin deserves.
  14. He DOES NOT repay us according to our iniquities.
  15. His love is higher than the heavens and the earth for us who fear him.
  16. He has forgotten our sins as far as the East is from the West.
  17. He has compassion on us like that of a father for his children.
  18. He knows how we are formed, and remembers that we are mere dust. 
  19. From everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him.
  20. His righteousness is with our children’s children, with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
  21. His Kingdom rules OVERALL, the devil is NOT in control, and His kingdom is established forever.

 In a world that screams at us the most hateful things and people, even good people seem to have lost their minds, and their faith, wouldn’t it be better to focus our attention The King of King’s and Lord of Lord’s? To meditate on who He is? He is a good, good Father. He is a sustainer and friend. He is a comforter and keeper. He is…

whatever we need when we need it.

What is our response to be? We should: Psalm 103: 20-22 “Praise the Lord, you His angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the Lord, O my soul.”

Why not start today to focus your attention on the Lord. Choose to take your eyes off the world and its troubles and look to Him. Think about who he is and all His glorious deeds. I believe when you do this you will once again begin to see the world and its trouble through Jesus, rather than Jesus through the world. 

He awaits your attention, He desires to restore your hope and deepen your faith. As we look to him the things that once weighed us down start to lose their heaviness and we are able to rest secure knowing He’s got this! Always has and always will!

My prayer for you today is that you will read Psalm 103 for yourselves and you will focus your attention on just how great a God we serve!