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Psalm 31:23-24


Love the Lord, all you Godly ones!
For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him,
but he harshly punishes the arrogant.
So be strong and courageous,
all you who put your hope in the Lord!


If you haven't noticed by now, serving the Lord every day can be very taxing.  While in our hearts we know that serving the Lord is such a blessing, our minds often paint a very different picture as we deal with our worldly circumstances.  Remember that Satan is the great deceiver and discourager in our lives.  God has no part in these negative, earthly emotions.  God always lifts us up.  God always encourages. Hence, if we are God's children, we should also be positive and encouraging to others.  We should work every moment of every day to bring God's heart to a world that is often negative and destructive.  Our Scripture today explains this point much better than I ever could.  Notice the first line.  David, the writer of Psalm 31, tells us to love the Lord.  David then makes an interesting statement that we often ignore. He addresses who will love the Lord.  According to David, it will be the "Godly" ones.  Have you ever noticed that Christians often expect that non-believers will act in a Godly way?  Worse than that, we get angry and act in ungodly ways out of frustration when they display their satanic influences!  This is why so many people leave New Testament Churches and never come back.  They get very hurt by Godly people acting in ungodly ways.  They label us as "hypocrites" and probably rightly so!  What we Christians must remember, is that God will protect those of us that are loyal to Him.  Yes, all the time.  Even when things look hopeless for us.  We need to come from a Christian position of strength in Christ Jesus.  We need not adopt ungodly behaviors.  Rather, we need to trust that God is God and let Him handle it through us.  Look what David says next.  David explains that the arrogant will be harshly punished.  What does that mean?  If we act without God, believing we know better than God, we are arrogant.  We are literally saying to God, "I've got this one."  If we could handle it, we wouldn't need God!  God knew we couldn't handle it, so He sent is only Son to earth, to teach, suffer, and die for us.  When Jesus ascended to His Father in heaven from earth, He left the Holy Spirit to guide us.  Are we getting the point here?  We cannot operate alone and we won't.  Be careful here.  If you permit your life to be void of God, Satan will step in and fill it.  Satan will whisper in your ear, "Don't worry, I'm here to help you."  Sounds like what God would say, doesn't it?  That is by design.  Many of us have a difficult time discerning who is speaking to us at any given moment.  That's why daily prayer and Scripture reading is so important.  Daily, God is trying to encourage and help us.  Satan is working to derail and demoralize us every day.  Daily, one of these forces will win in your life.  As I have often mentioned, every day, we get to wake up and choose.  As our song "I Love You Lord" says, "we get to choose, happy or sad."  Be strong and courageous in the Lord.  Put all your hope in Him.  Choose happy not sad.  If you are loyal to God,  He will protect you every day.  It is His promise to you.  Claim it and count on it!