Are we living in delusion? When we read God’s word, we think it is talking about others. “They”…
If we replace “they” with “I” and “their” with “my”, it makes it hit home more directly. We are forced to look at ourselves as the responsible party. Ouch! In our victimized society, who are we going to blame – except ourselves, if the shoe fits?
Let’s read this passage with each word in parenthesis replacing the word preceding it.
“Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their (my) hearts (heart). They (I) have no fear of God at all. In their (my) blind conceit, they (I) cannot see how wicked they (I) really are (am). Everything they (I) say is crooked and deceitful. They (I) refuse to act wisely or do good. They (I) lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots. Their (my) actions are never good. They (I) make no attempt to turn from evil.” (Psalm 36:1-4 NLT)
That’s pretty unsettling, isn’t it? Sometimes we need a different way to look at things – to realize that, apart from God, this passage describes our natural tendencies. We all sin. For believers, it’s unintentional mostly, even when we try our very best not to betray our Father. Wasn’t it more comfortable to read those words as they were written – the “they” version in the Bible?
But, if we are to realize that “we” might fit into the category of the “they” – as a way to open our eyes to reality, maybe we need to read it as “I”.
Likewise…(here’s the good part, y’all!)
When we are personalizing scripture to make it more real to us (to realize our part in it fully), it’s not always convicting. Sometimes it’s a blessing for us.
We have a blessing in trading words when we read Isaiah 43:1b and forward. Here’s the portion of verse one that impacted me so.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name;
you are mine…” (NIV)
If you will place your name in place of every “you”, you will be blessed. I won’t do it for you, since we each have a different name. “I” and “me” replacement doesn’t work. It’s God speaking to us directly.
When we are redeemed, the Lord calls us His. I’m His. You are His. We are His.
Glory to God in the Highest! Praise His Holy name! Let’s worship Him in awe on this Spectacular Sunday!
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