Sunday, April 01, 2007

Living the Good Life

If you ask a group of people "What constitutes a good life?", the answers will vary from health, family, friends, money, possessions, and the list goes on and on. However, the key to a good life can be found in Psalm 34. Versus 9 states that whoever fear the Lord will lack for nothing. So to live a good life we must fear God and as a result, God will met all of our needs.

What does it mean to fear God? Not only does it involve reverence, but it also means that we should be ever aware of God's presence that He sees everything we do and that He hears everything we say even those things which we may think goes unnoticed by other people. God is aware of our deepest thoughts and concerns and He knows our heart's true intent. You may be able to hide your misdeeds from others, but you can hide nothing from God. Accordingly, we should remove everything from our lives and our hearts that displeases God. We may ignore or fail to acknowledge certain sins which remain in our lives, but God does not. If God does dismiss the things in our lives that displeases Him, then why should we.

Versus 13 goes on to state that we should keep our tongue from evil and our lips from speaking lies. Though the tongue is a small part of the body, it can do much damage. The words that come out of our mouths reveal the true condition of our heart. If we fear the Lord, we will control our tongue. When we control our tongue, we do not take the Lord's name in vain or use His name lightly, swear, gossip, complain, dispute, murmur, lie, exaggerate and engage in idle talk.

It is not enough to turn from evil and avoid evil, but we also must do good. Versus 14

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