Living the “GOOD LIFE“
Every now and then, it is important for us to pause, and make a sober assessment of our lives. Consider where we are, where we have come from, and the course we walked, ran, and journeyed that ultimately brought us to where we are. Our lives are a compilation of ideas, options, and decisions made… a series of steps, twists, turns, and positions taken. It is in those moments when we examine ourselves… examine our lives in earnest, that we are in the ideal place to plan… to plot out the course of our coming days, to make them the best they can possibly be.
In today’s text, the psalmist shares powerful insights gained by examining his life and considering what he has witness in the lives of others. He concludes that he has never seen the righteous forsaken nor their children left begging; instead, the righteous are generous, and their children, blessed. Then, in the next breath, the psalmist turns from sharing his conclusions to sharing counsel saying, “Turn away from evil and do good.” In other words, if you are seeking the good life, you must do what is good, just, and right. To do so will ensure that you and your children enjoy certain benefits, certain blessings in this life. But, to do otherwise, most assuredly will lead to loss… most certainly lead to you being cut off and cast out.
Let Us Pray
Gracious God, we thank you for the gifts of time and opportunity. We thank you for giving us time and opportunity to consider the course of our lives, and to make course corrections that will enable us to live the lives you designed and desire for us. Lord God, we also thank you for the gift of your counsel through the written word, the preached word, and through the answer you express to us in prayer. May you open the ears of our heart that we would hear and heed your good counsel… that we would live the good life in accordance with your will.