Put the Lord at the Center

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. (Matthew 22:37) I will praise thee, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. (Psalm 9:1) Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. (Psalm 32:11) Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. (Psalm 119:2)

It’s true that the world will try to distract us. It always does. So when I see myself getting sidetracked by the world or getting wrapped up in myself, I’ve just got to say, “Stop!” I’ve got to sit down and rethink my whole life and my whole schedule. I start by putting the Lord at the very center of my schedule. Then I do away with everything except what is truly necessary, and I try to fit those truly necessary things around him. I make sure that I have time for his Word and prayer and worshiping him first, and then I fit the other things in. He’s the one true, indispensable thing in my life. And I know that without him I can’t make it. Without  him nothing else is right. Nothing satisfies like the love of the Lord. The reason that’s true is that he is what I was made for. I was made to love him and worship him and lift him up and build his kingdom and enjoy being in his presence and give him pleasure forever. If I missed out on that, I missed out on the very purpose of my life. So I’d better get it right. And if I get that part right, he’ll help me get all the other things taken care of. If I take care of his business, he’ll help me take care of my business.

God is a God of order. When our world is full of chaos, it’s hard to give him our best. When our world is orderly, God blesses it. So don’t give the Lord your scraps of time and attention. Look at your day and create a special window of time and an orderly space where you can meet the Lord you love. Give him your best. He will honor that. The way you come before God is very important. Your life may be filled with so much clutter that your mind and heart may be reflecting that clutter when you approach your Father in worship. It may be time to clear out and put your whole house in order so that you can bring to your God a heart that will please him. Pleasing the Lord must come first. But often in order to please him, you must plan to please him. Make a plan in your life and in your day so that you will have the time and space and order that you need to reflect the love in your heart.

(Excerpts from, “THRONE ROOM” – Ushered into the Presence of God, by CeCe Winans with Claire Cloninger)