Who Are We Going to Follow?
“My soul follows hard after you.” Psalm 63:8
Living in this digital age the meaning of follower has taken on a new meaning. The Twitter world is all about having followers and following others we deem significant. This has become such a big deal that you see many people trying to do all they can to gain followers so that they can better convey their message. There are certain people I like to follow as I love to read the ideas that they are sharing in the virtual world.
On the surface, there is nothing wrong with following others in the virtual world that we respect and admire. The area we need to be careful in is becoming so enamored with social media and who we are following that we forget who we really need to follow and spend time with on a daily basis. I am concerned with this because I have seen research that gives strong indications that most people spend far more time on social media than they do in God’s Word.
In the first verse of Psalm 63 the Bibles declares: “O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.” I love this verse because it shows us the passion we need to follow hard after God as verse 8 of that chapter says.
Social media or no other external source will provide us with the things we need to live in this “parched and weary land.” If we are going to thrive spiritually, we must declare as the Psalmist that God is our God. That His Word will be our source for strength, for hope, for joy, for direction, and for whatever this life may hold. We must begin to desire a relationship with God above all else.
When I met my wife and fell in love with her, I ran hard after her to win her love and affection. I let nothing get in the way of spending time with her. She was my focus as I was trying to win her heart.
What about our relationship with God? What do we allow to get in the way of us pursuing a relationship with Him daily? The idea of Psalm 63:1 is that He is our God and early will I seek Him. This means that I will seek Him first. Are we really doing that?
Luke 9:23 says: “Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” This is the essence of following hard after God. To come to a place that we realize that life is not about us or what we want but instead it is about following Jesus and pursuing what He wants for our lives.
May we all be able to proclaim as the old hymn says: “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.”