Psalm 118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
Hanging in my living room wall is a painting that my sister, Kimmy, made for me a few years ago of a favorite quote by Iraneaus,
The glory of God is man fully alive!
It is the first thing that I see when I walk in the front door, the focal point of the room as I sit on my sofa or at the dining room table, and the last thing that I see as I shut the lights off to go to bed at night. I want it to be a constant reminder to my family and to myself that my purpose in life, my objection for being here, and the reason that I will continue to live and not die, is to bring glory to my Lord.
Before I was sick I considered this quote a bit differently. I knew that God had created me for a purpose, (He created you for a purpose, too!) and that as I walked in His purpose and plan, I would experience a full life. And it was true! I was operating in my passion - the passion that the Lord had placed in me - and I felt alive.
But after I was sick, this quote had an added dimension to it. I began to have discussions like this with the Lord,
“God, my purpose on earth is to bring you glory. I have life for one reason only, to declare your works to people. The devil wants to stop me from proclaiming Your gospel and showing Your love. But he won’t win! When I am fully alive, it brings You glory. Therefore I will not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord!”
I would proclaim this truth over and over, multiple times a day. I still do! When scary symptoms pop up, when memories inch their way back in, when the devil speaks lies, I say, “I will not die, but live and declare the glory of God!” It stops the mouth of the devil. I’m not kidding. It does! The symptoms dissipate, the memories fade, and I walk in peace, knowing that God is glorified.
Get out your journal and answer the following questions:
What makes you fully alive?
What passions has the Lord placed in your life?
In what ways do you know for certain you bring glory to the Lord?
Write Psalm 118:17 here as a declaration of faith and intention!
Oh Lord, my God,
There are moments when I am afraid of death. There are moments when my enemies seem to surround me like bees, trying to steal, kill, and destroy me. But I say to them and to you that I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord!