“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine on us — so that Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. May the peoples praise You, God; may all the peoples praise You. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise You, God; may all the peoples praise You. The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear Him.” — Psalm 67
I’ve been working on being present in the everyday instead of looking too far ahead at what may or may not come. God can so easily shake up my plans and expectations, and I’m OK with that. We can be tempted to have fear in the things that are unknown, but the one thing I don’t have to fear is the fact that I’m committed to God. Because I have chosen to follow Him, I know He’ll look after me. He always has and He will again. That fact isn’t contingent on the circumstances of this world or the world of rugby.
As I have been reading through the Psalms lately, I am even less likely to let fear rise up in my heart. In Psalm 67, peace is my reminder. I know that my biggest strength is my relationship with God. I know who God is and that gives me the ultimate freedom to choose joy and peace on a daily basis.
The book of Psalms is raw and uncut. It portrays exactly the type of relationship I want to have with God. I don’t want to try to hide behind closed doors. He sees my thoughts anyway, so I might as well be open and honest with Him as much as possible. Before I was saved by God’s grace, I tried to live with things hidden. But the whole point of having the Holy Spirit in us is so that He can disarm the dark, hidden things within. When we open up these holes in our souls and let things out to God, He can then come in and fill the void, replacing our own faults with the purity of the Holy Spirit’s presence.
If anything tempts me to fear in this world it’s for others’ sake. It breaks my heart to see how people are responding to each other right now. There is so much tension around who you are or are not supporting. This sort of divide is based only on earthly, temporal things. I’d rather spend my life for love rather than hate. Hopefully we, as Christ-followers, can praise God enough to cause people to wonder why we can be so joyful in such a time as this. In the deep darkness, we can be a bright light.
As holy, Heavenly people in this age, we should still be burdened for people who are hurting. But ultimately, God is the one who sees our hearts. I, personally, am so thankful that I don’t have to be the judge of others’ actions or motives. This frees me up to treat people as people and see each one as Christ sees them.
— Nate Augspurger, USA Rugby and San Diego Legion player
Nate Augspurger is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Nate’s Increase profile here.
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