Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Secret

Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands.Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. They themselves will be wealthy,  and their good deeds will last forever.Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. Good comes to those who lend money generously  and conduct their business fairly. Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless  and can face their foes triumphantly. They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.  They will have influence and honor. The wicked will see this and be infuriated.  They will grind their teeth in anger;  they will slink away, their hopes thwarted. Psalm 112 NLT
What is the secret to living a God-filled and blessed life? It is to fear God and delight in obeying God. Then your deeds will be remembered. Then your children will also be godly people. Then you will be generous and compassionate. Then you will lend graciously and conduct business fairly. Then you will not be overcome by evil nor will you fear bad new. You will trust God to take care of you. You will be confident, fearless, face your foes triumphantly and have influence and honor.
You just have to fear God and obey God. 
God, help us to not get ahead of ourselves and be all those other things we want to be. Help us to begin with the basics: fearing you and following your commandments. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Copyright Amelia G. Sims 2012

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