Psalm 13

O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall. But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.

What makes your eyes sparkle?  What do you feel made to do?  When do you feel God’s pleasure?  The Westminster catechism states that ‘The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever’.  It sounds to me like a life lived along those lines might make your eyes sparkle! 

But I’m not sure that too many of us would consistently describe our walk with God as having this effect on our lives. How many of us, when going through a time when God feels distant, have been told just to read the Bible and pray more?  Yes, it’s the right answer but we need to learn to use those things as vehicles to connect with Jesus – to see his beauty and majesty and hear him speak deep into where we are.  When we come face to face with Jesus, there is no option but to enjoy him.  That’s what really makes your eyes sparkle.

Questions for thought and discussion…

  • How can we fully utilise the Bible to connect with Jesus?
  • How do we communicate the power of God’s Word to children and young people?