One of my best bible translations is The Message translation. Apart from being easy to comprehend, it relates the Word in a funny but deep way.
Let us take a look at Psalms 91: 14-16 (MSG), “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God , “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!”
I have read these verses uncountable times, such that it has become a part of me. However, God’s word is ever new, ever hot, ever fresh, and I would like to share some thoughts on it.
The word IF in a sentence introduces a conditional clause. This means that until the condition is fulfilled, the reward cannot be accessed. In the above verses, we have two IFs, and they are:
1. If you will hold on to me for dear life: John 1:4 says in Him was life and the life was the light of men. Jesus says again: I am the way, the truth, and the life… Therefore, holding on to Life Himself is the only way to avoid a chaotic and molested life. It is not a cliché to say that a life outside Jesus is a dead life. All that pertains to life and godliness has been installed in our Spirit man, therefore, we can keep activating and updating as long as we are connected to heaven’s server.
2. If you will only get to know me and trust me: God is asking for a relationship with us. Closeness births trust. You know the person so well that their actions become predictable. I think we have issues with our relationship with God because He is spirit. We may say it is difficult to get close to someone we can’t see, feel or touch. However, we forget that we are spirits also. We had a relationship with God in heaven before He sent us down here on a mission. Therefore, we must keep our spirit man alive and connected always.
I must say that the blessings that follow these conditions are nothing compared to the conditions themselves. The prize is far greater than the price. I mean, God says He will get us out of trouble, He will give us the best care, He will be by us in bad times and infact throw us a party! Lol! What more can be as assuring as these?