1 Praise the Lord.
Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
who find great delight in his commands.
2 Their children will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in their houses,
and their righteousness endures forever.
4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
who conduct their affairs with justice.
6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
they will be remembered forever.
7 They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
9 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
their righteousness endures forever;
their horn will be lifted high in honor.
10 The wicked will see and be vexed,
they will gnash their teeth and waste away;
the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.
It’s summer now and school is out, but for those students who graduated high school this spring there is much planning going on. There are colleges to be checked out and career plans to be made. What should I study? Which college is best; if I want to be a doctor, or a lawyer, or a writer? What organizations should I belong to? What is the best path to take so I’ll be successful?
God’s word tells us that the first step to a life triumphant is to fear the Lord (be in awe of Him). If we do so while following His commands and being compassionate to others, He promises that we will prosper, never be in fear, and be lifted up with honor. That’s not what we tend to think we should do, is it?
Ever since that fateful moment when mankind decided to go against Your authority in the garden, we have been trying and trying and trying to become something great by our own hand. All the time You have told us to follow You and we would enjoy a life beyond our wildest dreaming, but our pride gets in the way. Please help us to understand that You love us, that You desire a life of abundance for us, and that we need only yield our stubborn hearts and we will triumph.
Thank You, Lord for loving us so.