Daily D – Psalm 101:1-4
Psalm 101:1-4 I will sing of your love and justice; to you, Lord, I will sing praise. 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. I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it. The perverse of heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with what is evil.
Stealing bases in baseball is largely a matter of intent. There is a long explanation to go along with this statement. Since you may not enjoy the intricacies of baseball at the same level as some of the rest of us, know this is a trustworthy statement you can verify with minimal research.
King David shows us here how living a blameless life is also largely a matter of intent. On this day at least, he made up his mind what kind of life he would live to honor God and benefit others. This is a good starting place. This is a good place to start every day. This is a good place to start over at any point in the day when you realize blamelessness just flew out the window.
Chuck Swindoll wrote a book years ago entitled, Hand Me Another Brick. He talked about cracks in the walls. Small cracks can grow into large cracks when they are not addressed in a timely manner. The best time to repair a problem is as soon as you notice the problem.
A heart filled with praise is a heart not easily drawn to perverse entertainment or evil activity.
We tend to see what we look for. King David tells us what to look for along with what to look away from.
These are simple observations. These are powerful truths. These are faithful instructions. Knowing them leads to a simple question for you and for me: How now will I live?
The good life is a matter of intent. What are your intentions as you begin, or begin again, this day?
I will live with right and faithful intent.
Our Father, my intent is to honor you and to benefit others today. Give me the wisdom and strength for every decision small and large that will keep me focused on doing what is right and faithful. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.