Psalms of Honesty and Truth
“If at first you don’t succeed, then do it the way mom told you from the beginning!” That meme has been passed along social media often these days. You have probably also heard there is a right way and a wrong way of doing things, and my way is the best way! Yikes!
Teachers form classroom disciplines so that order might be kept and students will be engaged in learning. However, we discover that we need to more concise these days as we explain the rules and why the rules are formed. Many children do not have consistent disciplines at home, therefore they do not know right from wrong. Students are in conflict, insecure and “act out” when there is no consistency in their lives. When consistency is provided at school, their behavior begins to change. Students become more relaxed and begin to learn because they feel safe. Eventually they learn to obey and want others to obey with them.
God is right and righteous. God made rules for us to follow because He knows us and loves us. He spent a lot of time in His Word explaining His commands in detail. He even sent His beloved son, Jesus, to show us how to live His Word in the way God intended. (See “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew!)
Yes, Gods commands are always right for us. He is consistent and never changes His rules. That makes us feel safe. We can rely on these rules to protect us, teach us, mold and shape us to be all God created us to be. If we love God, we love what He says. We are blessed when we obey because of our love for God.
The Psalmist tells us that God’s promises have been tried and tested through and through and “His righteousness is eternally right”. In a world of confusion about what is right and wrong, God’s ways are always right and the best way to live. “The way you tell me to live is always right; help me understand it so I can live to the fullest.”
Psalm 119:137-144, The Message
You are right and you do right, God;
your decisions are right on target.
You rightly instruct us in how to live
ever faithful to you.
My rivals nearly did me in,
they persistently ignored your commandments.
Your promise has been tested through and through,
and I, your servant, love it dearly.
I’m too young to be important,
but I don’t forget what you tell me.
Your righteousness is eternally right,
your revelation is the only truth.
Even though troubles came down on me hard,
your commands always gave me delight.
The way you tell me to live is always right;
help me understand it so I can live to the fullest.
Yes, Lord, help me understand it so I can live well! I love You with all my heart, mind and soul. Thank you for Your Word that speaks to us still…
In Jesus Name, Amen