Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Shepastor: "Blameless..."

I will sing of your love and justice;
to you, LORD, I will sing praise.
2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life—
when will you come to me?
I will conduct the affairs of my house
with a blameless heart.
3 I will not look with approval
on anything that is vile.
Psalm 101: 1-3 NIV

“Who is to blame?” In today’s society, finger pointing happens in epidemic proportions. Certainly there are injustices and systems that need to be addressed, "righted" and changed. However, there are still questions we must ask ourselves. There are lessons we can learn from the words of this psalm. The Psalmist began not with pointing fingers but to personally strive to live blamelessly before the Lord. The Psalmist named specific things that he would not do…things that he would be careful to avoid…looking with approval upon wrong things, embracing and condoning deceit, refraining from keeping company with slanderers, not reveling in or tolerating haughty and prideful behaviors.

While the scripture says that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), we, like the Psalmist can determine to guard our hearts, eyes, lips and behaviors against that which will cast blame and shame upon us.

What decisions do you need to make today to be blameless? What activities do you need to avoid? What behaviors do you need to embrace? What choices do you need to make? What words do you need to silence? What thoughts do you need to resist?
May we, like the Psalmist desire and prayerfully strive to live a blameless life.

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Until next Wednesday,
In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,
Pastor Chris

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