Daily Devotional: Psalms 101:1-8
1 I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise. 2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life--when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. 3 I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. 4 Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil. 5 Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure. 6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to me. 7 No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence. 8 Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the LORD.
16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
It is not enough to claim to love God and to claim to follow his will. We must be genuine and truly seek to follow his word without reservations. When and what God says is the final word – no matter what we think or how much we understand why God said it is a certain way. Little children are trusting with pure motives and everything is simple to them. Just so, we are to be like them toward God.
So many times we read where John the Baptist, Jesus and the apostles said that for one to be saved or enter the kingdom of God, they must repent. Repentance is an acknowledgement of our sin and our sinfulness. It is the result of realizing how much God hates sin and an expression of our desire to be like him.
Repentance also includes turning from sin to follow God’s way. As the Psalmist expresses, we will abhor evil and seek to walk with a blameless heart. This is what it means to crucify self and put on Christ. As Paul expressed it: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ lives in me.” So we ask: Is Christ really living in me?
Father God, I am so thankful that you have revealed your way to me in your word; showing me how to get rid of sin in my life and how to let Jesus live in me. I know that I still fail at times to live up to your glory so I need your continued forgiveness every day. Give me greater faith, your wisdom to know how to apply your word and strength to have self-control and to carry it out in my life. Please be with the leaders of our country and stop those who engender hatred, strife and bitterness. Fill me with your love and tenderness. I pray in the name of Jesus my Lord.