True Blessedness

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules. I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me (Psalm 119:1-8)!

blessedness_hat-r9d6dc148691d4bb0b556bfb3b2530e67_v9wfy_8byvr_324Psalm 1 equates blessedness with walking in God’s law.  Psalm 32 talks of blessedness in terms of God offering forgiveness of sin to the sinner once and for all.  Here the Psalmist brings these two truths together and shows us that blamelessness before God is true blessedness.  This man’s blamelessness is not founded in himself.  It is founded in the mercy of God towards sinners.  The Psalmist has in view a man of God, a believer, one who lives his life under the influence of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Spirit.  He is happy in the Lord, delights in His Word and shuns all evil.  He therefore longs for more of God’s Word in order that he may praise the Lord with an upright heart.  Through His Word, the Lord God offers forgiveness for sin to all who trust in Jesus Christ and seek to walk in His ways empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Lord, teach me Your righteous rules that I may praise You with an upright heart, through Jesus Christ.  Amen!

Kindle Fire for Your Soul: Putting Yourself in the Path of God’s Grace

Stock Taking for Your Soul

Every good business man will from time to time, close his business for stock taking.  This is standard practice for any business to succeed.  Closing a business for stock taking on a regular basis, allows the business owner to think carefully about his business and form an opinion about his business so that he can then decide how to best to run the business.  While the experience might be gruesome (especially when things are bad), it is good in the long run; while it might be painful, it is profitable; while it halts the business for a while, it is healthy for the business in the long-term.  Every good business man understands that.  The principle extends and applies to everything in our lives.  It applies to our cars (we have to get them serviced every so often so that we can keep using them).  Our bodies need regular check-ups by doctors so that we can continue living in them.  Our dishes need cleaning every day so that we can keep using them.  Our clothes need washing from time to time so that we can keep wearing them, on and on it goes.  It just makes sense.  It is so natural to do these things. Continue reading

A Scripture Memory System for the Family

I came across this Scripture Memory System which I think is quite creative, interesting and very well organized.  I think this would be a very helpful resource to parents who want to work on Scripture memorization with their children.  Scripture memory is a much neglected spiritual discipline in our day.  Yes, it can be a daunting task and may some times feel impossible.  But it is possible.  Everyone can do it – even those who think that they have a bad memory.  If you can remember your phone number, your home address and the names of your friends, your memory is good enough to memorize Scripture.  Most of us can do it but it’s mainly a matter of consistent discipline.

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