“Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. O my soul, you have said to the LORD, “You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.” As for the saints who are on the earth, “They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.” Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, Nor take up their names on my lips. O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot.”
Psalms 16:1-5 NKJV
There was a time when I really thought that I was a good person. I thought that I had value, based on my virtue. My standard was custom made, and fit me, but brought cursing to every one else. I dared not look inward for fear of seeing the real truth: that I was wicked and evil and a sinner, deserving of hell.
Since I came to know Jesus, I have come to realize that I am not the paragon of virtue I thought I was, as my wickedness has come to the forefront of my consciousness, and I cannot ignore it. I have come to realize, there is no good thing in me, that I am desperately wicked. It is only by the work of the Holy Spirit that I have any standing.
“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.”
Romans 7:18 NKJV
I happened upon this passage in Psalm 16, and received one of the Lord’s daily reminders of my life outside of Him. My righteousness was provided by Jesus, who went to the cross for my sins and died a cruel death. When God looks at me, He sees Jesus and I am justified in Him. When I think of that, I can often find myself weeping, as I know that I don’t deserve that gift of grace.
Because Jesus is the source of my right standing before God, I do my best to cling to Him daily. I have to admit that it is a battle to keep my focus on Him and not on the world. With the help of God, I do not fall, I am able to stand.
There are so many around today, who claim to have all the answers, to be able to deliver you from the struggles of this life. Politicians, celebrities, thought leaders all vie for our attention, to get us to look to them rather than God. Many of us mistake patriotism for God’s righteousness and we find ourselves falling short of what God has for us.
TIme and time again I have seen people led away to disaster, as they ceded authority over their lives and strayed from the truth of God’s word. They hasten after other gods, and try and get others to follow along as well.
I choose to follow Jesus.
Brothers and sisters, let us seek after the One who is the source of our righteousness, He who defines what is truly good. Jesus is the righteous son of God, and He guides us.
Let us turn from the things in this world that threaten to draw us away from worship of our Creator King, and fill ourselves with the word of God.
Without Jesus, we all have sinned, and we all have the looming penalty for that sin. But…
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
Romans 3:23 NKJV
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23 NKJV
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 NKJV
Believer, know that He delights in you!
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