The man I want to be.

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Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendents will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed.” (Psalm 112:1-2)

The man was speaking of his father: A man whose Godly example will pass down through the generations, providing a rich heritage for those who follow. A faithful, obedient, merciful man, who shines like a light in the darkness. He trusts in God’s protection and provision remaining calm in the storms of life. He is given to good deeds, a man whose righteousness endures forever. Praise the Lord for such a man!

I’m quite familiar with this uplifting Psalm. A about eleven years ago I fell from my agnostic perch like a burned out star falling from the heavens. I crashed into the realization that I was an empty soul without a measure of integrity. Though I had nothing to give, I gave myself to Christ, trusting His promise to make something of my life. He began leading me upward on the path of righteousness and we stopped to read the 112th Psalm. My heart, my whole being, soared within – “Lord, that’s the man I want to be!”

I am not the man in the 112th Psalm. I’m more like somewhere around “the chief of sinners.” But, the Apostle Paul says, “…He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6) Our strength is totally insufficient to produce the fruit of the Spirit which we need to live a Godly life. The believer’s Christ-likeness aspirations will never be realized and manifested apart from Him. (John 15:1-11)

No matter your age, gender or place on the Godly path, read Psalm 112, and fill your heart and mind with its message of hope and encouragement. And remember this, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” (I John 3:2-3)

I want to live as close as my wonderful almighty Father did. Like him, the most important gift I can give to my children and my grandchildren is to be the man in the 112th Psalm. That’s the man I want to be.

Photo/Resource: cbcirwin

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