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.
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