Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praise to his name for that is pleasant. Psalm 135:3
People are often lifted up in praise and honor for the good things that they have done. Usually these are people who have done something above and beyond the normal. They had given of themselves to an extreme level to help others out. Often to the point of putting themselves in harm’s way.
Some are almost revered as being someone extra special, such as Mother Theresa. Many of these types of people tend to have some type of Christian background, while there are some who do not believe in God at all. There are some who do great works in helping others out, while having no belief in God. Yet, all will get praise for doing good.
One who is good and does the perfect good all the time is God. He is good, not to just some people, but to every person. He is good to those who don’t even believe in Him.
Even when there are times of troubles in life, God is good. Many have chosen to walk away from God because of a situation that occurred in their life that they felt God should never have allowed. They feel that He is not being good to them.
You may be going through a time right now where you feel God is not being very good to you. You may be questioning how good He really is.
Take a moment and think about all that God has done for you that is good. He has given you some clothing to wear. He has given you access to the internet to be able to read this. He has given you breath to breathe. God has given you the ability to read. God has chosen you to be His child. Jesus has forgiven you of all your sins. You are a part of a family of believers that stretches around the world. The list of what God has done for you that is good goes on forever.
As you think about these good things God has done for you, give Him praise. Sing praise to Him and about Him. Let the world know what God has done for you. Let God know you know what He has done for you. Doing this is a pleasant thing and lifts your own spirit up.
I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will sing praise to God all the time; that you will tell the world about Jesus; and that you will honor God with much praise.
Lord, the LORD Almighty, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me; God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me. Psalm 69:6
Families are often torn apart and shamed by the actions of one person. In some cultures, honor is held at such a high level in the family, that if a child does something wrong, the family will disown the child for life. That child will be considered dead in the eyes of the parents.
There are some cultures that if certain things are done by a family member, it is acceptable to kill that family member because of the extreme disgrace brought onto the family.
Disobedient children in a store often bring shame on the parent, who is attempting to control or calm them down. Parents who are called by the school teacher, are often ashamed of the actions of their child.
David had done some type of great sin right before he had written this psalm. He was asking God that all those who believed in Him, would not be disgraced or shamed because of what he had done wrong. He realized that his sin would reflect on others and have an effect on them.
It is often thought that a person’s own personal sin only affects himself and no one else. The reality is that it can bring disgrace upon other believers. When the world sees one believer sin, then they often apply that sin to the whole community of believers. They try to say that God is not real and all believers are fake.
Along with not trying to disgrace God by sinning, try not to bring disgrace upon the community of believers by your actions. Live your life in a way that will bring honor to other believers, rather than disgrace.
As you live your life for God, it will bring strength and honor to other believers. It will lift them up as they see you living for God.
Will God or other believers be disgraced or ashamed by what you are saying or doing?
Or will God and other believers be honored with how you are living your life?
I pray today that you will live your life for Jesus; that you will bring honor to God; that you will not bring shame to God’s community of believers; and that you will be a shining light for Jesus in this world.
Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. Esther 2:17
While the Israelites were still captives in Babylon, King Xerxes had become upset with his wife, queen and had her removed. He had to find another lady to take her place. The king opened it up to all the virgins in the land. Esther was an Israelite who had prepared herself for the position. She had won his heart and was made queen, though Xerxes did not know that she was a captive.
Esther had been brought up by Mordecai, her cousin. He was a strong believer in God and brought her up believing in God. She was brought up with the correct morals and character that was honorable. Esther lived her life in obedience to those over her and was willing to honor those above her. These characteristics made her stand out. She was not out to build herself up and fight for a position.
Many in this world strive hard to stand out and make themselves someone important. They want the best positions and connections. Often many will cut others down, pointing out their flaws in order to look better themselves. Esther did not do any of those things.
As a believer, you are also to live your life for God. When you live your life for God, you will stand out as someone different. Some of those differences are: that you can be trusted, you are honorable, you are faithful, you are truthful, and you real, among many other characteristics.
Even the world recognizes these characteristics as being good, though very few follow them. As with Esther, you can receive unexpected favor . Because Esther was a captive foreigner, she should never have been made queen. She was made queen because of her beauty, both physical and character.
How does your life look to others?
Is it one filled with beauty that comes from the inside?
Or is it only external beauty?
Live as Jesus did, and there will be times you will receive unexpected honor. God can and will move you into places of honor when you are living for Him.
I pray today that you will serve God with all of your life; that you will live as Jesus did; that you will bring honor to God’s name; that God will use you in great ways; and that you will trust God with all of your heart.
Recently in the news, there has been many articles about various people showing dishonor while the national anthem is being played. This has spread into the schools where students are now kneeling down while the anthem is played or even during the national and state pledges.
The reason many are kneeling is because of their anger against the prejudice treatment that their people had received from Americans for many years in the past. It is primarily focused on the treatment of black African-Americans.
It is true that there were many who were treated badly by the majority of Americans in this country. It is factual that many were enslaved and later treated as second-rate citizens once slavery was abolished. It is also true that racism still exists all over the nation.
Treating people in a wrong manner is a sin and has always been a sin. When a nation does not keep the focus on Jesus and living as Jesus would, then sin will abound. As long as Jesus is not the center of every person’s life in a nation all types of sin will continue.
People are selfish and think that they are the center of the universe. This has been the way of people since Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and will continue until Jesus returns and does away with all sin in the lake of fire.
Although it is true that racial prejudice and wrong treatment of people has occurred time and again in the nation, it does not take away the good that a nation has done. It does not wipe out the fact that many people fought to abolish slavery and the wrong treatment of people.
The one thing that people need to keep in mind is that every person in this nation, and every other nation, has done some wrong to another person at one time or another. Every person has been guilty of going with the crowds in wrongful treatment of others at some point or another.
One common area that this occurs is in the schools. Every school has a students who do not “fit in” with the “in” crowd. They get shunned and ridiculed because of how they look or act. Many kids will treat those who are different badly. Very few kids will stand up for the rights of those who are different. Most will go with the crowds in the treatment of others, but there are those who will do the right thing as much as possible.
Keeping this in mind, then those who are kneeling down in protest against America because of past wrongs, are most likely guilty of some of the same wrongs being done.
Jesus had spoke to the leaders of the temple about this very issue. A woman had been caught in adultery and the leaders wanted to stone her according to the law. Jesus answer was anyone who was without sin be the first to throw the first stone at her. No one could throw that stone, because each one knew that they were guilty of sin.
It is easy to stand out against some wrong done in the life of someone else. It is easy to protest against wrongs being done in the past of someone else’s life. However, it is different if one was to look at his own life closely through the eyes of God.
Paul said that each person is to give what he owes. The things that he directly points out in owing is taxes, revenue, respect and honor. There have been many people who are due a lot of honor in this nation, both in the present and in the past.
Despite many of the wrongs that America as a whole has done, there have been many things that have been done right. Slavery was first abolished in America. The right to freedom of religious belief was founded in America. The rights of many people were gained in America.
It is true that America is not perfect yet, nor will ever be. Yet, despite all the wrongs done there are many things done right. There have been many men and women who have died fighting for many of the rights that everyone enjoys today. To take a knee in protest against the national anthem is to tell those people who did the right things that what they did does not mean anything.
As a believer, you must be willing to show honor to whom honor is due. You must also show love to everyone, including your enemies. Believers are to do good to those who treat you wrong, this includes showing honor where it is due.
There are many Christians who are making very harsh statements against those who are taking a knee during the national anthem. They are treating those people in a wrong way and not showing any love. No one is to condone any wrongs being done, but it does not stop the need to show proper love and honor where it is due, and love is due everywhere. You cannot love someone too much, unless your love for that person pulls you away from God.
How is your Christian love showing in your life today? Does it look the same as the love Jesus has shown you?
Are you showing the honor that you should to those you should show it? Or are you being disrespectful and angry with others?
“And they sang a new song, saying: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9
John had a vision of heaven. In it he saw a scroll with writing on it. It was sealed and no one was worthy to open it. Then it is revealed that the Lamb of God was worthy. Jesus is the Lamb of God and is the only one who can open the seals.
At that point the creatures and elders started singing a new song about how He is worthy to open the seals. In their song they reveal why Jesus was worthy to open the seals. It was because He had purchased salvation for every person, everywhere with His own blood.
People love to have the honor of doing something special. Think of the honor it is to be chosen to sing the national anthem at a major league baseball game. Or to be the soldier chosen to be a guard at the national cemetery. Most people never have a chance to do anything on those levels.
The people who are chosen for these types of honors are usually chosen because of something that they did in the past. They have done something extraordinary or extremely well in order to get that honor.
Jesus did something that was of great honor. He did something that no other person has ever done or ever will do. He allowed Himself to be killed in order to save those who did not love Him or want Him. Jesus shed His blood on the cross and died so that you, who hated Him, could be forgiven and allowed into heaven.
Jesus did this for every person that has ever walked on this planet. Millions, even billions of people can now have a relationship with God because of what Jesus did for them. Jesus died on the cross for you. This was the greatest purchase the world has ever seen. This gives Him an honor that is greater than any other honor in the world.
Think about what Jesus has done for you. Give Him praise and thanks for purchasing your salvation for you. He will open that scroll up for you.
I pray today that you will know the price Jesus paid for your sins; that you will serve Jesus with all of your being; that you will give Jesus the honor due Him; and that you will be His witness to everyone you meet.
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