Daily Psalm 7/8/2021

I will sing of [steadfast] lovingkindness and justice;
To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.
I will behave wisely and follow the way of integrity.
When will You come to me?
I will walk in my house in integrity and with a blameless heart.
I will set no worthless or wicked thing before my eyes.
I hate the practice of those who fall away [from the right path];
It will not grasp hold of me.
A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will not tolerate evil.
Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will silence;
The one who has a haughty look and a proud (arrogant) heart I will not tolerate.
My eyes will be on the faithful (honorable) of the land, that they may dwell with me;
He who walks blamelessly is the one who will minister to and serve me.
He who practices deceit will not dwell in my house;
He who tells lies and half-truths will not continue [to remain] in my presence.
Morning after morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land,
That I may cut off from the city of the LORD all those who do evil (Psalms 101).

This Psalm is a recipe for walking in the Spirit of the Lord. Honoring G_d is about living to please Him and doing what is pleasing to Him by personal choice. The enemy will always tell us, “it is only once” and “It’s harmless” but those are simply seeds that get in the way and are like chains that the Devil can pull us down. Consider the beloved “bribe” that once we accept it, the person offering will use it as a charm to consistently and persistently pull us further down the pathway to destruction (Proverbs 17:8). If we live according to G_d’s plan, as Peter put it, “if we make every effort to respond G_d’s promises, we will never be unproductive in our walk with the Lord” (2 Peter 1:5-8).

Father,

May all that I do in life be pleasing to you. I know that this world has chains that bring us down. The Devil’s presents always come at a price and the cost is our soul.  It is impossible for mankind to completely avoid hurting other people but the choice is in our hands how we handle it. I so desperately need you working in my life so may my temple be clean and open for you to be the King of my life. I pray your blessings on my families, the military communities, law enforcement officers, EMT staff, preachers, teachers, the City of Stacy, the State of MN, and my nation as a whole. I pray especially for the people of Miami in Dade county that you will be with them to help them and the families affected from the collapse of the condominium.

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