The answers to these hard questions are plain. We were created to bring glory to God and for His enjoyment – for relationship with the holy, loving, living God. Yet what that means for each of us day-to-day is not quite so plain and simple.
Today, as I read the 112th Psalm, it occured to me that God’s Word has these answers we seek. Take a look at what the Psalmist writes about how a man should should act, and the resulting life he will be given:
1 Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands.
2 His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
5 Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.
6 Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever.
7 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.
9 He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor.
10 The wicked man will see and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.
Fear God, delight in His commands and you will be blessed. Your children will be mighty. You will be remembered and honored. Live like the wicked man (apart from God) and you will waste away to nothing.
I think we often try to make it so complicated. All the mountains of self-help books and DVDs and clinics and seminars testify to man’s desire to comprehend the answers to life’s questions. Yet – look at the profoundness in these ten short verses.
Fear God = honor Him, know that He is holy and must punish sin, but also know that He only wants us to communicate with Him, ask for forgiveness, grow each day, pursue Him – if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us.
Delight in His commands = know what His commands are (read His word, read that mountain of books about God, study Him), then pursue them. Get a group of people together and help each other (that’s called the church). Find a few close friends to become accountable to for following His commands. None of us can follow ALL His commands, God says that. But ask youself each day – have I pursued God today? Do you find fulfillment in pursuing God?
God – I want everything You are! I need You and will pursue You today.
grace & peace,