Yesterday’s sermon was on Psalm 52, and I was struck by Pastor Wilson’s stress on the importance of understanding your position in the story God is writing. There are those who recognize God’s sovereignty and authorship and hence their own place and character in the story, and there are others who are completely clueless as to which part they are playing. David, as an example of the former, was being persecuted to the point of having to take refuge in the wilderness; but he knew he was the persecuted one and faced it with righteousness and trust. Saul, on the other hand, was the persecutor and tyrant but was convinced in his own head that he was the one being put upon by others. Anyone reading the psalm (and context) objectively can see that he was seriously off-base.
In order to avoid being like Saul in the sense that we are blind to the sort of character we play in the God’s theater, Pastor Wilson exhorted us to understand ourselves and understand God and His word. So often we see the world through our own eyes only, and when that is the case, we get a limited, skewed picture. We get “locked in the theater of our own minds” – a phrase I really appreciated and found helpful. Instead, we must see ourselves objectively, as if we were reading our current situation as a discerning outsider.
I could not help but be reminded of handwriting analysis throughout this entire sermon, it seemed so applicable. Looking to our handwriting (our brain on paper) for instruction can be one of the most useful and revealing tools toward knowing ourselves. And when we know ourselves more fully, we know God more fully, and the other way around – you can’t have one without the other. Who are you in the story? Are all the highlighted lines in your script those of the arrogant character, like your friends hint at? Do you really have that problem with being overly sensitive that people tell you you do? Are you that one guy in the story whom readers snicker at because he is always accusing others of being self-centered when he is actually the one with the “me” complex? Find out who you are. Not in some cheesy and soft “I’ve got to find me” way, but in a genuinely humble and courageous way. Be a David, not a Saul, and know where you fit in objectively, so that wherever you find that you are, you are free to be an obedient and effective character in the story.
For notes on yesterday’s sermon, click here: http://dougwils.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8000:reading-the-story-lived&catid=35:psalms
All the best,