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Let Us Walk With Jesus

Psalm 146:8

…the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.

112015 Ray McDonaldI was driving a golf cart – late at night – on the golf course – near the clubhouse. It was pitch dark – I was there late – and I drove off the cart path. I hit a sign. The club pro tried to warn me just before I hit the sign and maybe – just maybe – that saved me from wrecking the sign and the cart and doing damage. I replaced the sign and went on! Driving without lights in the dark – not a good thing to do. Driving blind – so to speak – is not a fun way to drive. I need a golf cart with headlights if I’m going to be out that late. I noticed this year that they placed some ground lights along the cart path I was on. Folks can thank me later!

Humility is something that we seek in leaders – while also seeking self-confidence. Seems contradictory – right? We want a leader who can lead – but also one who is humble enough to know they don’t have all the right answers. We need a leader who will surround themselves with experts in many areas because they don’t know everything.

No one is righteous on our own. The Bible says – Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The Bible also says – Isaiah 64:6 – All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. So how do we become righteous?

Righteousness comes through faith in Jesus Christ. Romans 3:22 – This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. Our righteousness – comes from Jesus – the only righteous one on His own.

Today’s passage is about the blind – about the humble – even about the righteous. Here it is in partial context. Psalm 146:1-10 – 1 Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, my soul. 2 I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. 3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. 4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. 5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. 6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever. 7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, 8 the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous. 9 The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. 10 The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD.

Let us be humble – let us gain sight through the light of Christ and walk in the light – and let us seek righteousness through Jesus! Let us walk with Jesus and seek His face and desire His grace.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


March 16, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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