Google+ 08/23/13 Let's Make Our Actions Matcvh God's Decrees!

Psalm 119:4-6

 

You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully.
Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!
Then I will not be ashamed
when I compare my life with your commands.

 

In part five of our seven-part devotion entitled, "Actions Speak Louder Than Words," we turn to King David and his words of wisdom as he speaks to God.  As we know, Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible.  This psalm is one of the acrostics, but unlike the other acrostics which contain one verse for each of the twenty-two Hebrew letters, Psalm 119 includes eight verses for each letter, making a total of 176 verses!  David is talking directly to God when he states that all of us are charged to keep His commandments daily.  David explains that if our actions will reflect God's decrees, we will never be ashamed when we compare our lives to God's commandments.  This week, as I have been writing these devotions, I have been contemplating, in my prayer time, this very fact.  I would encourage all of us to do the same.  Do our actions reflect God's decrees?  When we are gossiping, slandering, or lying, we simply are not in tune with God's will and commandments.  When we exhibit anger, jealousy, or envy, we can count on the fact that we will be ashamed when we compare our lives to God's commandments.  These non-obedient behaviors lead to boredom, depression and isolation.  We then often turn to medication to solve a "medical" problem, which in most cases, is a "spiritual" problem.  It is no wonder in these cases, that the medication simply doesn't solve the problem.  Don't misquote me in this area.  There are medical problems that require the miracles of healing that God has given many through modern medicine.  By all means, we should take Christian advantage of all of God's divinely-inspired resources.  On the other hand, there are many "medical and mental" conditions that are created, or made worse, by poor spiritual behavior.  Depression and boredom are not mentioned in the Bible.  "Stressed-out" is not something Jesus ever speaks about.  In the Bible, loneliness has a cure which is fellowship with our family of God and Jesus.  Before we turn to medical solutions, let's turn to God and His commandments.  Let's make our actions match His decrees!