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A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART

Psalm 101

"I will sing of loving kindness in justice, to you, O Lord, I will sing praises. I will give heed to the blameless way. When will you come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those for fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil. Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; no one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure. My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may do well with me; he who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me. He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; he who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me. Every morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land, so as to cut off from the city of the Lord all those who do iniquity." 

When I first read this passage, the first thing that came to mind was the words from I Samuel 13:14 which says “The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart.”

How often do I pray as David did and ask God to help me and guide me to lead a blameless life? Not nearly as often as I should. How often do I not walk with integrity? How often do I set worthless things before my eyes? I don’t always hate the work of the faithless. How is my heart?  Is it perverse at times? When David says “whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him will I destroy”, Would I be one of them destroyed? In verse 8, David says “he will destroy all the wicked in the land so as to cut from the city of the Lord all those who do iniquity. Would I be one that is considered wicked and be destroyed?

This Psalm would make a great prayer asking God to help us in these areas.

Lord, I pray I would have a heart more like David. Help me and guide me to lead a blameless life. Help me to turn away from sinful ways. Lord, I pray I become a man that you would look at and say “he is a man after my own heart”.

 

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DREAM TOGETHER

Married couples are often asked, “When did you know this was the right person?” “Was it when she walked down the stairs and smiled and you thought ‘wow’?” “Was it his strength and desire to serve the Lord?”

What’s a better question to ask, whether you’re a single person or have been married longer than Methuselah? The question is: “When did you first dream together about your future?” This clarifies the “how did you know” question. Next ask, “what do you dream about for your future?” For a friend, or a date or a husband and wife — to sit across a Kip’s Big Boy table and ask a dream question is like a little bit of heaven on earth.

When you ask that question, “What do you dream for your future?” give the other person time to answer. Dreams do not even have to be practical. Dreams are long range hopes. Let them dream. The rest of the date may be taken up with you responding with nonverbal affirmation. But sometimes you may challenge the other’s thoughts with open questions like, What are some of your life goals?” “Why is this important to you?” or “What role do you see God playing in your dreams?”

Soon it will be your turn. Dream about your life. It is freeing to talk openly. Your husband or wife will again say, “Wow!” Dream to be closer to God because we, then, become closer to each other. Your friends or your date and you will have a clearer perspective. As the dreamer or the hearer of a dream you may just realize this is or still is the right person. The person who shared your dreams may grow more into “the one.” So dreaming possibilities is a great marriage date. You can blossom a Genesis 2:24 flower.

At last the man exclaimed

This one is bone of my bone;

And flesh from my flesh!

She will be called woman

Because she was taken from man. (NLT)

As marriage captures, like a smile, a man and a woman’s dreams, so the blossom begins with the better freeing question: “What are your dreams?”

 

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