2009-12-14 - Happy Birthday, Jesus!
What do I get Jesus? After all, Christmas is His birthday. I could bake a cake, but I would be left to eat all the calories myself. I could purchase a happy birthday card, but I do not believe the postal service delivers to Heaven. He doesn't need any gift cards or a new sweater.
Instead of the traditional Christmas gifts, I finally decided what to give Jesus to celebrate His birth: me. Me with all my mistakes, regrets, and uncertainties. I am not giving Him a list of promises I plan to keep but fail to do. I give Him myself as I am now.
I realize my present is homemade. It isn't gift wrapped with a pretty bow. Still, I am acceptable to come to the Lord, just as David was.
"The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." (Psalm 18:2)
After being chased, hunted, and ensnarled by death, David took the time to praise God. Previously, David was lamenting over his life, but in Psalm 18, David declares how much he loved the Lord. God took great pains to rescue David, who had to live a life on the run. When he needed safety, David went to God, and he was saved from his enemies. The enemies lost, and God won.
David was no longer the wounded animal praying on King Saul to spare his life. David cried to God, and He heard His servant. God delivered David from a life-threatening situation. God can be trusted to take care of us. He is worthy to be praised.
Lord, direct my steps, I pray, not just today but every day. Thank You for giving me help to embrace my past, present, and the hopeful future. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.