Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Sure, I have met the wealthy, the genius, the famous. I have dined and enjoyed the very best. I have been clothed and accessorized in designers. I have slept comfortably in first class. I have been given much (and have worked very hard) to achieve former career and financial gain. And, if you ever did corner me into a few hours of candid sharing, I really do have stories and stories of crazy life experiences that, if accumulated, would probably measure up to the tallest of skyscrapers.
But when I say I have champagne taste, it is not because I am well-to-do, highly educated, or renown. For equally so, I have also scrambled in much sorrow, wallowed in deep pain and depression, and begged in devastating hunger. I have struggled beyond broke. I have experienced first-hand abuse and manipulation. I have been beaten, betrayed, forgotten, and left for dead more than once. In short, I have lived on both sides of the fence. I have been both coddled and stung. And through it all... good and bad... rich and poor... status and quo... I have learned that The Lord is my only true portion. He remains still and solid - a refuge in this clamorous, superficial, bankrupt world. Because of this, my Savior is all that really matters to me. Really, you can have the rest... just give me Jesus!!!
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips. Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16)
I love the lines of text in Psalm 16, "Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips." Such truth!!! So many people, places, and things in this world can easily dazzle and distract our human egos away from God's holiness. By our sinful natures, we are drawn to the unremarkable and flashy. But Jesus says we should be exclusively and intimately seeking after the very best of God's kingdom. Boy, that is the last thing Satan wants for us, isn't it? Because if we REALLY sought after all our Master offers... if we looked to His glory each and every day... we wouldn't care one iota for Satan's cheap beer budget worth of trinkets and slavery.
This is why the enemy goes out of his way to cover up and bedazzle every loud speaker around us with his worthless rhinestones of false proposals, demanding that we settle for his pathetic less. Pffft. Not for me, folks! I won't waste my expensive tastes on Satan's toilet water! Blaaaa! I don't want to simply shack up with vile evil and wear Satan's cheap, bubblegum ring of lies. Especially when Jesus has offered me so much more - His Holy, Eternal Name! God has put on my finger His priceless hope diamond and I fully intend on letting His Light sparkle the hell out of it, quite literally! Why settle for less when the Savior can truly satisfy under His glory and prestige? Why just "look" the part of someone expensively worthy when we already are truly valued, cherished, and treasured by the Most High King of kings? Christ paid the ultimate price for us, folks! He loves us more than anything! He wants to fill us up with His real joy and eternal pleasures!
So yes, I do have the highest of standards. I do have champagne taste! I do, Jesus! This bride wants nothing except The Lamb and His wedding feast. Thank you for serving the sweetest and most bubbly vintage of particularity, freedom, and holiness!
Just give me Jesus forever!
May we never settle for less than Christ's loving perfection!
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