Saturday, June 18, 2011

Godly Habits - June 18, 2011

Psalm 15(New International Version)
A psalm of David.

1 LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?

2 The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4 who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the LORD;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
5 who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.

Much has been said about bad habits, those things you do over and over again that are either annoying to others or destructive to you. On the other hand, you don't hear about good habits that make you a joy to be around. Maybe its because we often are looking for fault in people, but nothing is better than to encourage someone to gain good habits (and I don't mean brushing your teeth or cleaning up after yourself).

There are habits that identify a righteous man or woman, and identify them in God's equation as "blameless"; these are charcteristics that follow after the heart of God. In the psalm above, we learn what some of these are, and we are told that walking in them will bring us into God's "sacred tent", and onto His "holy mountain". Study them; teach these verses to your children and grandchildren, for in following these habits, we will gain the favor of God.

By displaying these characteristic habits, people will know that you are walking apart form the world and with God.

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