Google+ 04/11/14 We Must Show Up Every Time!

Psalm 119:112-114

 

I am determined to keep your decrees to the very end.

I hate those with divided loyalties, but I love your instructions.
You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.

 

It is appropriate, as we approach Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter, that we talk about divided loyalties.  You may not have even known that the Bible specifically mentions this subject.  Psalm 119 is the longest psalm of them all.  These three verses, conveniently tucked in the middle of the psalm, say everything we need to know about this subject.  I agree with David.  It is very difficult to understand and deal with the reality that most Christians will show up for Palm Sunday and Easter, but be distracted away from Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.  We love waving those palm branches and bragging about the stone being rolled away.  We love the sensationalism that surrounds these two Christian events.  The problem is that when Jesus needs us most, we find a way not to show up and rationalize that it is okay with Him.  Let's make sure we know that it is not okay with Him if we don't show up.  As I have mentioned on numerous occasions, being a Christian is often difficult and lonely.  Just look at Jesus.  He never stopped.  He proclaimed that the Father was always working, so He should be also.  He healed people on the Sabbath and got in trouble for it.  On Palm Sunday, He rode into Jerusalem with numerous threats on His life.  On Maundy Thursday, at the Last Supper, He had to tell the disciples that one would betray Him.  On Good Friday, He ended up hanging on a cross and asking God to forgive all of us that were simply too confused to react properly, or even show up!  All but one of the disciples didn't even make it to the tomb on that first Easter Sunday, but they were eager to show up and see Jesus in the Upper room prior to His ascension.  Today David tells us that he hates divided loyalties, but loves God's instructions.  He proclaims that he will keep God's decrees for all time.  We should do the same.  As we begin to look at, what is referred to in Christian circles as, "Holy Week," let's pick up our cross and follow Jesus.  "We Must Show Up Every Time!"