I had a birthday celebration breakfast with my ten-year-old granddaughter this week. Just the two of us.
My choice was an omelet; her idea of nutrition is a waffle with chocolate chips. And then syrup. We had a terrific time.
We are at different ends of the age spectrum. I am winding things down and she is just getting life started. I’ve wondered since how her life will be and thought of the conflicting messages the world will send her. By contrast, Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and life abundantly.” There may be bitter tasting tests of faith from God as He works out His abundant life. I wish for her life to be mostly chocolate chip pancakes. Smile.
Enter Psalm 92. I have had a special affection for this song for many years. It is the only psalm designated “For the Sabbath.” For a Jew, Sabbath was foremost for worship, surrounded by ceasing from work and the world, and the rest and joy it all provided. It is a revealing setting to provide a contrasting pathway for young and old to the abundant life Jesus began at our salvation (John 5:24).
First, it is a God-centered life. Numerous references abound. He is Yahweh (“LORD”), O Most High, and found in “the courts of God.” Other dependent sources of joy are idols. John Piper notes, “He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
Second, in the flow of life worship itself is a central. This is important. The psalmist chimes in: “It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night…” While these were their Sabbath practices, I see the larger importance of both corporate and personal worship. The personal pronouns here are inescapable—“For you have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.” Worship is a lifestyle filled with constant awareness, awe, and expressed deep appreciation for the person and works of God.
Third, abundant life rests on the purposeful sovereignty and glory of God, not the evil around us.
“Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand, that though all evil doers flourish, they will be destroyed. But you, LORD, are forever exalted.” Rejoice!
Last, abundant life includes the daily things like family, work, and play, but it has a constant, core purpose at any age: “They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” Idea: Mention Jesus by name instead of a generic “God.”
By the way, though I have made it a practice to invite my grandkids out for birthday breakfasts, I didn’t have to invite my ten-year-old granddaughter. She literally invited herself. How could I resist?!
Let us not resist Christ, who is inviting us to join with Him in life, too!