Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Psalms 4:4-5

"Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord."
Psalms 4:4-5

 I like this.  It is kind of like saying "peace, be still," but now with even more good advice. :)  Part of getting to know God is getting to know ourselves, and communing with our own hearts is good, as we are learning to understand ourselves, this world, and our relationship with all of it.  The sacrifices of righteousness... broken heart, contrite spirit.  Sometimes it feels like a sacrifice too, when we're trading what we want now for what is good for us and will make us happier long-term.  But I think that in actual fact, the sacrifices of righteousness are much, much less than the sacrifices that we would have to make pursuing unrighteousness.  That pursuit leads us to losing the very things that matter most... our relationship with God, our own souls... even our mental well-being.  It's hard to hold it together when we're trying to live one way and our souls yearn for another.
Today, let's do more standing in awe.  No sinning.  And let's work on figuring ourselves out.  Let's offer the sacrifices of righteousness in order to avoid the sacrifices of wickedness.  God will see us through it all... and we'll be better and happier for it in the end.  Let's be still and trust in him.

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