We love to sing, pray and proclaim the Lord to be exalted in our lives.
We also know the spirit is willing and the flesh is weak. Sometimes, our bodies have a hard time living up to what the lips are saying.
With convicting accuracy, A.W. Tozer mentions a few areas of our lives to evaluate, so we can turn lip service into life service.
Blessed by my Rock!
Let God be exalted,
the Rock of my salvation!
O God, be Thou exalted over my possessions. Nothing of earth’s treasures shall seem dear unto me if only Thou art glorified in my life.
Be Thou exalted over my friendships. I am determined that Thou shalt be above all, though I must stand deserted and alone in the midst of the earth.
Be Thou exalted above my comforts. Though it mean the loss of bodily comforts and the carrying of heavy crosses, I shall keep my vow made this day before Thee.
Be Thou exalted over my reputation. Make me ambitious to please Thee even if as a result I must sink into obscurity and my name be forgotten as a dream.
Rise, O Lord, into Thy proper place of honor, above my ambitions, above my likes and dislikes, above my family, my health and even my life itself. Let me decrease that Thou mayest increase; let me sink that Thou mayest rise above.
Ride forth upon me as Thou didst ride into Jerusalem mounted upon the humble little beast, a colt, the foal of an ass, and let me hear the children cry to Thee, “Hosanna in the highest.”
A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, p. 101-102.