HOW PERSONAL HAVE YOU GOT?
Comparisons often give us a point of reference, sometimes serving as a starting location from which to organise our thought process. Today, we compare the words of two kings:
Statement one: “But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal.”(1 Samuel 15:21)
Statement two: ‘O God, You are my God. Earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You. My body yearns for You in a dry and weary land without water.’ (Psalm 63:1b)
While two texts may appear unrelated, both have God as the actual addressee. Hence, the difference becomes clear:’ Saul addresses God to Samuel as ‘your God’ and David knew Him as ‘my God’. As much as this might seem like a simple play on words, it gives us a peek at the disposition of their hearts.
From the very moment one takes ‘personal’ out of a walk, the sense of possession is lost and all that remains is nothing but an empty shell. To Saul, God was , ‘Samuel’s God’ but David claimed God as very His own. Our question then is this ‘how is my relationship with God? How personal have I got with Him?’ These answers matter for there is quite some distance between saying ‘my God’ and ‘your God’ .