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.
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 1 Peter 2:12
When a person is watching the news, it can be seen that people are always accusing others of doing something wrong. Many times it is an accusation that goes back several, to many years. Millions of dollars are spent every year to pay lawyers and courts to prove that someone had done something wrong, or to defend a person that something was not done wrong.
These accusations show up in personal lives, the political realm, the public realm, entertainment industry, churches and more. There is no area of life that is not touched by accusations in this world.
The accusations are that someone has stolen, injured, abused, cheated, lied, hated, harmed or more, someone or something. Some of the people are found guilty, while others are not found guilty of the wrong doing.
There have been believers who have been accused of wrong doing. Some have been proven innocent, while others have been found guilty.
Since there are accusations in the world against other non-believers, there will be accusations against believers. Satan is an accuser and wants to blame someone, right or wrong, of doing wrong.
Peter tells the believers that they should live a good life. One that is so good, that when a person is accused, the world cannot find any proof of doing wrong.
Living a life this way, is living the same way that Jesus lived. They were unable to prove anything wrong in His life, though they tried.
Some believers have done much harm in how they spoke or acted towards the people of this world. They are guilty of treating people wrong.
The one who lives for God and does as Jesus did, will not be proven guilty of wrong doing. His words and actions will be proven as good.
Take a look at your life and see how you act and speak around those who are not believers. Look at how you act and speak when in private. Will the courts be able to prove you did something wrong against God? Or will they find that you are truly living the way Jesus lived and are living a pure life of love?
Live your life in a way they cannot prove any wrong in it.
I pray today that you will know how Jesus lived; that God will guide you to live as Jesus did; that you will live a pure and holy life before all people; and that your life will be a witness of who Jesus is.