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Be Thou exalted…?

While reading A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God, within the chapter entitled “Restoring the Creator-Creature Relation”, this stood out:

For the world of fallen men does not honor God. Millions call themselves by His name, it is true… but a simple test will show how little He is really honored among them… Let him be forced into making a choice between God and money, between God and men, between God and personal ambition, God and self, God and human love, and God will take second place every time… However the man may protest, the proof is in the choices he makes day after day throughout his life

Let the seeking man reach a place where life and lips join to say continually, “Be thou exalted,” and a thousand minor problems will be solved at once. His Christian life ceases to be the complicated thing it had been before and becomes the very essence of simplicity…

We must of necessity be servant to someone, either to God or to sin… While we take to ourselves the place that is His, the whole course of our lives is out of joint

[John 5:44] Christ taught here the alarming doctrine that the desire for honor among men made belief impossible. Is this sin at the root of religious unbelief? … I believe it may be…

God wants the whole person and He will not rest till He gets us in entirety. No part of the man will do.

Lots to reflect on and wrestle with. Lots to confess to my Lord.

Oh God, be Thou exalted over my possessions. Nothing of earth’s treasures shall seem dear unto me if only Thou art glorified in my life. Be Thou exalted over my friendships. I am determined that Thou shalt be above all, though I must stand deserted and alone in the midst of the earth. Be Thou exalted above my comforts. Though it mean the loss of bodily comforts and the carrying of heavy crosses, I shall keep my vow made this day before Thee. Be Thou exalted over my reputation. Make me ambitious to please Thee even if as a result I must sink into obscurity and my name be forgotten as a dream. 

Rise, O Lord, into thy proper place of honor, above my ambitions, above my likes and dislikes, above my family, my health and even my life itself. Let me sink that Thou mayest rise above. Ride forth upon me as Thou didst ride into Jerusalem mounted upon the humble little beast, a colt, the foal of an ass, and let me hear the children cry to Thee, “Hosanna in the highest.”

Amen.

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