Saturday, November 14, 2009

Seek Peace!

11 Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.
(Psalm 34:11-15, New King James Version)

Seek Peace!

How are peace and the fear of the Lord related? Understanding this helps us to understand what is involved in fearing the Lord. God does not mean that we should live in terror of Him when He calls us to fear Him. So then, what does He mean? The Psalmist answers that question in Psalm 34.

Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit

It is evident that the fear spoken by God is the fear of respect, but it also entails an understanding of who God is. We know that God is righteous and holy, completely without sin. As such He hates sin in His people. Also, because He is omniscient and omnipresent (all knowing and all present), nothing we do, say or even think, is hidden from God. The more we fear and understand God, the more we desire to be obedient to Him.

Only God can work the miraculous changes in the lives of Christians which causes them to love and fear Him and to hate their own sins! As Christians grow in Christ, their lives will change.

We need to take commands such as those shown above very seriously. It is not natural for us to keep our tongues from evil and our lips from speaking deceit. But a fruit of our life in Christ is a desire to change from the person we were to a person seeking obedience even in the area of our thoughts and our spoken words.

Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.

Have you ever equated departing from evil as a means to experiencing true peace? The Christian is to seek and pursue peace, giving us the sense that we need to actively go after it. Based on verses 13 and 14, one way to actively pursue peace is to depart from the sins which so easily beset us.

That is our challenge today. Seek peace and pursue it. Fall before Christ this day and pray for help in putting to death the sins that so easily haunt your own life. That is a prayer that Christ will answer.

What an amazing God we have!

God Bless You,

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