We are to see ourselves through the mirror of God’s word. Do you see yourself as God sees you? David did. Psalm 139:17-18 says, “How precious are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with You.” I like to picture my palm full of sand and the impossibility of counting how many grains.
Isaiah 49:15 says that He will never forget us. Verse 16 says, “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.” Have you ever put up emotional walls to keep others out? They are walls built with the figments of our mind. They are not real. They are erroneously built in pride as self-protective measures. They are powerless facades. Every wall and the emotional pain behind them are fully known by Him.
They are works of darkness that suppress the truth. They block our fellowship with the Lord. 1 John 1:6 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” 1 John 2:4 says, “He who says, I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” Strong words. They clearly expose the lies of the enemy that we are walking in.
I like to think of this verse in Song of Solomon 2:9, in the terms of the Lord seeing everything. This is how I personally read it. I put the Lord into the verse, “My Beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, He stands behind our wall; He is looking in through the windows, gazing through the lattice.”
Emotional walls can be identified through subjects we skirt around or avoid all together. The phrase, “Don’t go there with me” is an example. I’m sure you can think of others that apply in your own life. Walls can also be built through inner vows, such as “I will never…” You can add your own words. Remember that vows are binding. We may think that we are vowing to ourselves. Since we belong to the Lord, we are vowing to Him. Read Ecclesiastes 5:4-5.
Let’s look a moment into the mirror of God’s word. Psalm 119:73 says “Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn Your commandments.” Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows right well.” Are you thankful for the way the Lord has made you?
I marvel at Jeremiah 1:5 which says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you…” Sanctified means to set apart. What did He set us apart for? Isaiah 43:7 says, “Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” In the seed of our conception, God’s plan and purpose for our life was imprinted.
Everything that the Lord created is designed to glorify Him. You might want to refresh your memory with Psalm 148. It begins with “Praise the Lord!” and ends with the same. Bookend declarations.
James 1:23-25 are mirror verses. One who only hears the word but never makes a personal application is like one who looks in the mirror and immediately forgets. Verse 25 is our mandate. It says, “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” The hearer is walking in disobedience. The Lord withholds the blessings designed to be theirs.
Psalm 19:14 ended with, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” When we bring God’s word into our heart it will purify our thoughts and our words. It is essential in our progressive sanctification, so that we might mirror His image to others.