O Lord, I am calling to you. Please hurry!
Listen when I cry to you for help!
Accept my prayer as incense offered to you,
and my upraised hands as an evening offering.
Take control of what I say, O Lord,
and guard my lips.
Don’t let me drift toward evil
or take part in acts of wickedness.
Don’t let me share in the delicacies
of those who do wrong.
Let the godly strike me!
It will be a kindness!
If they correct me, it is soothing medicine.
Don’t let me refuse it.
But I pray constantly
against the wicked and their deeds.
When their leaders are thrown down from a cliff,
the wicked will listen to my words and find them true.
Like rocks brought up by a plow,
the bones of the wicked will lie scattered without burial.
I look to you for help, O Sovereign Lord.
You are my refuge; don’t let them kill me.
Keep me from the traps they have set for me,
from the snares of those who do wrong.
Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
but let me escape.”
— Psalm 141 NLT

This Psalm to me is a reminder of how dependent we are on God. In verses 3 and 4 we see that we even need Him for the things that He asks us to do. Have you ever tried to change your heart or break a 20 year long habit? I have. It doesn’t work. The only times I see change in my life, are when I ask God to do it, acknowledge that I can’t do it without Him, and THEN do the things He asks. This approach to heart change leads us to a place of humility – acknowledging our desperate need for God to show up in our lives. 

If we were able to become like God on our own, then we wouldn’t need Him. I believe that the reason He made it work this way is because He is relational and desires relationship with us above anything we can offer Him. He’s God. He has everything - He doesn’t need us! – But He WANTS relationship with us. Each time we remember our need for Him, we have to ask, and that leads us back to relationship with Him. 

Have you ever noticed that you become like the people you spend a lot of time with? You begin to talk like them, use words that they use, have your own language of humor. You begin to care about things that they care about and do the things that they do. That’s what relationship does. And that’s why relationship is the goal with God. We are His image to the people around us, and we become more and more like Him as we continue to give ourselves to relationship with Him.

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God, I want to know You. I'm not in a hurry, I just want to know You. Come and show me who You are, give me Your heart for Your people, and let me be more like You in every moment.

- Billie Anne Hardigree