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God scares me

“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.”  Psalm 128:1.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ezekiel 40-41, Psalm 128, and Revelation 21.

Let’s make sure we get this “fear” thing right.  It is the recognition of the awesomeness of God.  We are speechless at how amazing He is.

It may be that He has done a special thing in our lives.  It may be that we see a piece of His creation and the grandeur of it overwhelms us.

It is an awareness that God is beyond special and that we are permitted a relationship with Him.

We surely do not want to mess up a relationship to Someone as remarkable, so we “fear” doing what will impair our connection.

Because of our “fear” of Him, we are all-in attempting to do what He wants.

And what will be the result?  We are blessed!  I need to say right now; that doesn’t mean that our lives will be smooth thereafter by the world’s standard of “smooth.”  No, we are blessed because God is with us.

“Lord, excellent guidelines for how I should live.  Help me, I beg, to live that way.  You deserve my awe of You and You deserve my obedience.  Thank You, for being You.  I love You, Father.”

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.  Obeying Him would be the followup.

 

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Walk the walk

“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.”  Psalm 128:1.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ezekiel 40-41, Psalm 128, and Revelation 21.

Fearing God means to admire Him so much that we don’t want to offend Him in any way.  We’re committed to getting things right.

Our esteem for God is revealed in the way we live.  I believe that a Godly person must live carefully.  We can’t just be jumping randomly in and out of things.

I must live with a consciousness that God is in my midst.  He’s with me.  I have Him to consult with.  I have Him to consider when I take action.

Will I ask, “Does it please You?”

How do I know what I should do?  This is where knowing God becomes important.  If I know that my wife does not like singer Tom Jones, I will not be buying his CD for her as a gift.  If I know that she enjoys doing puzzles, I will make sure that there is space/time available for her to do puzzles.

My walk with God must be closely regulated by Him.  I must beg Him to guide me.  I must beg Him to correct me when I’m messing up.  I can’t be relying on infrequent “spiritual doses” to empower me to do His Will.

The usual bottom line is that I must live in tight relationship to God if I expect to accurately, rightly represent Him.  My cravings must include wanting to know Him better.

“Lord, You are a great God.  Thank You for the Good News.  My sin problem has been taken care of and I have new life in You.  Thank You, Father.  Prick my conscience when I am off course.  I want to rightly represent You.  Help me, Lord, I beg.”

What do You want me doing?  We must ask that question regularly and be prepared to adjust our lives as His answer requires.

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Afraid to do anything but what He wants me to do

“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.” Psalm 128:1

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Ezekiel 40-41 & Psalm 128 & Revelation 21)

Every good gift (to me) is from above.

God sent Jesus to die and thereby prevent me from facing the consequences of my sins on Judgment Day. I owe Him.

The “fear” mentioned in today’s verse has nothing to do with being scared of Him. The fear I need is a concern that I don’t offend Someone I love in any way.

How then shall I live? Misstep after misstep in my own strength. I must cling to Him for direction. I must absorb His Word for instruction.

There is great comfort in doing what is Godly right. That rightness does not require a response to fill me with joy. My joy is in knowing that I did what God wanted me to do.

Of late I have been constantly keen on closing the distance between how I speak/hear/see and how I assume God does those same things. I have found myself pausing on occasion for a second evaluation of my own speaking, hearing, and seeing. I think that it has been a good thing. I must improve my relationship to God. I must love Him enough that I don’t want to do anything that displeases Him.

“Lord, I love You. I want to love You enough that I am troubled by my sinfulness and its effect on our relationship. I want to be in step with You in every area of my life. Prick my conscience when I mess things up. Show me Your way, for to You I entrust my life.”hwfm-Sept-16

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How to get blessed

s16“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.”  Psalm 128:1

(Verse taken from today’s Bible reading – Ezekiel 40-41 & Psalm 128 & Revelation 21)

Who doesn’t want God’s blessing?

The verse gives a two-part formula that will get me that blessing.

First, I need to realize who I am in relation to God.  Let me start with the simple truth that I am nothing compared to Him.  I must live in awe of Him.  I must crave a relationship with Someone as amazing as God is.

Second, His Way must become my way.  I must be intent on doing whatever it is He wants me to do.  That will necessitate my need to diligently seek His Will.  That will involve; studying His Word, hearing His Word, and attempting to live out His Word.

I want to continue to learn about Him.  However, I want to be sure that my actions follow the lead of the Biblical knowledge I am acquiring.

“Lord, You are great.  My life must align completely to You.  There isn’t any reason to go on my own.  Forgive me for independent living.  I can do nothing of spiritual value apart from You.  I love You, Father!”

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How to be blessed (Psalm 128:1)

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(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Ezekiel 40-41 & Psalm 128 & Revelation 21)

“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways.”  Psalm 128:1

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

God is not some cartoon character.  Some figment of my imagination.

God is real.  He is the Creator.  He knows me outside and inside.

He sent Jesus to die for the sins of mine that would separate me from an eternal future with Him.  I believe He did that for me.  I love Him for doing that for me.  Therefore, I want to live as a lover of God.

I want to be in a tight relationship with Him.  I do not want to venture into independent living.  That routine takes me nowhere spiritually good.

Because I love Him I respect Him and I want to do what He wants me to do.  I want His Ways to be my ways.

In this verse He assures me that I will be “blessed” if I respect Him and do what He wants.  Imagine being blessed by God!

He will fill me with joy in the good times and comfort me when things aren’t so good.  Either way He is providing blessing.

I must remember that all insight into His ways are a gift from Him.  I am not going to learn anything of spiritual value in my own strength.

I have His Word full of instructions and examples for how He wants me to live.  I must apply His truths to myself.

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