You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. Psalm 45:7
Having joy in one’s life is something that people all over the world are seeking for in their own lives. People want to be happy and be full of joy throughout each of their days.
However, very few find it because of the struggles and challenges in life from day to day. As they seek to find joy, they search to doing or taking different things. They feel as if they could have joy if they just have or do this one thing or take this one drug.
While the joy will come for a moment when doing or taking something, often it is temporary and not very deep. What is done often has long term negative consequences, because they are rooted in sin and death, rather than in life.
The writer of this psalm is talking about the king being anointed with the oil of joy by God. The reason the king was anointed with joy was that he loved righteousness and hated wickedness.
Very simply put, righteousness is doing the right thing and wickedness is doing the wrong thing.
Doing what God wants of a person is always doing the right thing. It is not about legalism and do’s and don’ts, but about loving God and living the way He meant a person to live.
Living for sin and wickedness will only bring about death and destruction. There is no lasting joy in those things. Doing what is right brings life and will last for eternity.
Each person has a chose to make. Will he do what is right and love God and people? Or will he choose what is wrong and love sin and this world?
You have choices to make in your own life each day. It is possible for you to be filled with God’s joy in your life every day.
The way to find that joy is to learn to love God with all of your heart, soul and mind. When you truly love God, you will want to do what is right in His eyes. You will also want to turn away from all wickedness and sin.
As you follow God with all of your life, God will anoint you with His joy that the world cannot understand, nor have.
Are you anointed with joy today?
I pray today that you will love God with all of your life; that you will want to do what is right in God’s eyes; that God will guide you in living your life in the right way; and that God will anoint you with His joy each day.
You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever. Psalm 45:2
A person is often known by how he speaks. Every person speaks a little differently. This is not talking about the language being spoken, but what words are they saying and how they talk to and about other people.
Some are known for gruff talk. They will speak harshly about many different things and people. Often they appear as a grumpy person.
Others will be known for speaking in pride. All that they say is things about themselves.
Some are always cutting others down, making jokes. No one can tell if they are ever serious.
Still others speak with compassion and building others up.
The writer speaks of a person who is an excellent person. He is excellent because he speaks with grace. His words are kind and merciful to those he is speaking to or about.
It is not common to find a person who is always gracious in what he says. Too often the words spoken are cutting others down or being prideful about self. It is easy for a person to find fault in others.
Believers are often known for constantly finding fault in those who do not follow Jesus or their way of worshipping God. They often do not show the grace that God has shown them.
The person who has his heart set after God’s will speak like Jesus spoke–with grace, love and mercy.
Every person has faults of one type or another. No one is exactly the same. Since this is the case, believers must remember that and speak accordingly with grace, allowing the other person some room to grow in the Lord.
Take a moment to think about how you speak to or about other people. What are your words saying? Are they words that build up or tear down?
People are always listening to what you say. They want to know if what you are saying is matching what you say you are living. You say that you are a follow of Jesus, then that means you must be like Jesus. One of the fastest ways to know if you are following Jesus is by how you speak.
People will know you by what you say. Do they see you as a person of grace? Or do they see you as a person of judgement?
Fill your mouth with words of grace as you speak.
I pray today that you will know God’s grace towards you; that you will show God’s grace to others; that you will speak the words of God; and that you will speak with God’s grace and love.