This psalm gives us direction on how to live a long, enjoyable and happy life. Keep from speaking evil, don’t tell lies, turn away from evil, do good and strive for peace with all your heart. Demonstrating this level of self-control honors God.
Ten years ago, I set a goal to run a 5k before my birthday. I had to stay focussed and make daily choices to move me towards the goal. Go for a run or sleep in? Prepare a salad or cheesy nachos? I ran the race i signed up for and I was so amazed that I was able to run the whole time and finish! After the race, I slowly changed back to my old habits.
Making choices that honor God is also a daily challenge. We build spiritual strength by practicing new responses when we are faced with difficult situations. We can consider what Jesus would do – or, if you’re like me – consider what Jesus would have done after we blow it. I am so grateful for forgiveness on the days I get it wrong.
The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help. Ps 34:15
See you tomorrow for Psalm 35