Psalm 45:7 One Way To Receive Joy

Boy at crossroad

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. 

Psalm 15:3 Words Matter

Rattlesnake with tongue

Whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; Psalm 15:3 

All comedy movies usually have one thing in common, though not always, but that is they focus on cutting other people down. People think it is funny to slam another person or make that person look bad.

This also occurs in the public realm of politics. When a person is running for a position, it appears that all most can talk about is how bad the other candidate is. People love to find fault in others or make a false statement about the person to cut him down. It helps them feel better about themselves.

Slandering people is something that occurs in every area of life, school, workplace, homes, and neighborhoods. It can be seen everywhere.

David asked the question of who can live on God’s holy mountain and then proceeds to answer it in this psalm. One of the things a person must not do is slander or cast slurs onto someone else.

Every believer is to love every one and build every one up. They are never to cut someone down. Slander cuts and kills people. It destroys people and their lives, whether true or false. Usually slander is not true.

Sadly this type of action can be seen inside the church. People slam other believers, condemning them quickly and talking bad about them, rather than encouraging them and building them up.

Many believers are quick to point out sins in others, and overlook what they are doing right. Churches have split over slander. Ministers have been removed over false slander and slurs being cast, and most of this by people in the church.

One can expect the world to slander others, they don’t know God. But those in the church are to love and build up because they know God.

Your words do matter. They have an effect upon the lives of other people, to bring life or death, to build up or tear down.

Think about the words God has given you. They work at building you up, not tearing you down. Just as God speaks words of love and life towards you, you must also speak words of love and life towards others.

Think about the words you will speak before you say them. Will they build up or tear down? Show love or hate? Your words do matter.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that your words spoken will be words God would say; that you will build people up in Jesus; and that you will always speak the truth of God in love to all people. 

Psalm 10:11 Fooling Self

Covered eyes

He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.” Psalm 10:11 

When a person is alone, he usually thinks that no one can see him. There does not appear to be any eyes watching anything that he does. With this type of thinking, a person can do what he wants with no fear of being caught or told he is wrong.

It is commonly thought that if a person does not get caught, he did nothing wrong. It is only when one is caught that he becomes wrong in what he did.

David talks about those who refuse to follow God and describes them and what they are like. He points out that they believe that God never sees what they are doing, that He covers His eyes to their evil deeds.

The world often acts like a little child playing a game of hide and seek. The child will cover his eyes and state that the other person cannot see him. The child believes that because he cannot see the other person, that person cannot see him.

God is invisible to the human eye, so no man can see him. The world acts as though God has His eyes covered, even though in reality, it is their eyes that are being covered.

Some believers tend to act in the same way. While in a secret place, alone, they will think and do things that are against God. Since they do not see God and no one else is watching, they feel that they are getting away with sin.

However, God does see everything that is happening, including the thoughts of the heart, that no man can see. God does not cover His eyes to sin. He may not do anything in the immediate about it, but He sees it and will deal with it before all is done. Judgement will come eventually.

Take a look at your own life and see what you may be trying to cover up in it. What are you doing in secret or in the heart that you think that God may not be seeing?

Do not allow yourself to deceive yourself into thinking that God does not see what you are doing. God does see. However, God does not want to condemn you. He wants to draw you to Himself and forgive you.

Turn towards God and seek forgiveness and then strive to live for Him. Live as though He is watching, because He is.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s forgiveness; and that God will help you to keep from you being deceived by your own self. 

1 Peter 2:12 Live A Good Life

 

Accused

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.