Thursday, June 02, 2011

The Good Life

 11Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
 12What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
 13Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
 14Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Psalm 34:11-14, King James Version (KJV)

The Good Life

When all is said and done, we are all seeking for the same thing: the good life! Now, our definition of what the good life really is may be different, but it is good for us to realize that the Bible does not remain silent on this subject. Furthermore, it is not wrong for us to seek a good life filled with many days.

David, though he became king, was still a man with passions much like ours today. His formula for success was rather simple: Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

What does the world tell us? The person described above is certainly not your typical hero, or main character in a story or movie. As a matter of fact, we would probably consider that person rather boring. The main character today must have at least a little bit of spice added to their personality. Some arrogance and self-love is certainly considered to be a plus.

Is all this a result of our having evolved from the people of David's time? Do we know so much more now than was known at the time of David that we can safely ignore his advice?

Now, I know I am speaking to a Christian audience that may think such questions are rather redundant. Of course, the advice given in the Bible as penned by David in Psalm 34, is completely applicable to us in this 21st century world. But, stop and think about those questions for just a minute. The temptations of this world are so subtle, that we often find ourselves drawn into the snares of the world without even realizing it. 

What is our formula for the good life? Notice, David said nothing about money, but you may ask, how can one have the good life without riches? That is a perfect example of the attitudes of the world permeating our own ideas. 

It would be good for us to stop and ponder the words of David from Psalm 34.

 12What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
 13Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
 14Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

According to David, that is how we display the fear of the Lord! Go, then, and by the grace of God, live this day according to God's wisdom, and not the wisdom of the world.

God Bless You,
Linda

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