May 8, 2017 – Psalm 34:13-14

Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:13-14

Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. James 3:2.

Yesterday I heard a tiny two year old telling her mother that she ‘didn’t want to’ in a decisive tone.   It doesn’t take long for us to have a mind of our own, and begin to learn to have the mind of Christ. Indeed, the tongue is unruly, and can create a grand speech, but the tongue can also begin a ‘forest fire’ of anger. (from James 3:5).

Little by little – decision by decision – we actively choose righteousness or evil.  One choice and we have the eyes and ears of the Lord.  Our Lord hears the cry of the righteous. Our Lord delivers us from our troubles.

All our lives we desire to be immortal –  remembered beyond the end of our lives. The choice is ours. Will the memory of our life be cut off from the earth? Or will we be remembered by our Lord for gentleness, kindness, and faithfulness in Him?  Will we be known for seeking His Peace and following Jesus, the Son of God in all His Ways?

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”  Psalm 46:10.

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. Psalm 34:15-17