Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Good Man!

 5A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
 6Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
 7He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
 8His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. 
(Psalm 112:5-8, King James Version)

A Good Man!

Psalm 112 is not the first Psalm which described a good man; earlier, in Psalm 37, we read,

 22For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
 23The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
 24Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. (Psalm 37:22-24, King James Version)

As we read the verses shown above from Psalm 112, we must ask the question, does this describe me? Can I honestly say, before the Lord, that I am a good man or a good woman? I am sure we must all feel a certain amount of discomfort, for we know our own inconsistencies. 

However, as we view the "good man" we must note that his secret to being "good" centers, not on himself, but on the Lord. When left to our own power, or our own devices, we will always fall short of God's requirement of perfection, but as believers in Christ, we are not left to live this life in our own power. We have access to all the power of Christ, Himself. Our hearts are not established by our own strength, but rather, are established in the Lord our God and King.

Psalm 37 adds, The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD. It is hard to grasp the significance of that little statement. God, the Ruler and Creator of this amazing world in which we live, orders each step we take. His mighty power and strength are made available to us, His children, so that not one step needs to be taken by our own power. Though we fall, we will not be utterly cast down, for the Lord holds our hand!

That is why the Psalmist can say, He shall not be afraid of evil tidings . . . His heart is established, he shall not be afraid. Let us then pick up our feet and move forward, for we have the power of God on our sides. We may fall, but He will pick us up and give us strength to continue on our journey.

We even know how our own personal "story of life" will end, do we not? When all is said and done, the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, will gather us in His arms and carry us to the home He has prepared for us. He will stretch out His arms to us and say, "Welcome home!" 

And that makes all the difference!

God Bless You,

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