Since creation, God has instilled behaviors and values into mankind within every community. People are able to live together, because, they’ve agreed to live by some principles. These principles which may be taught formally or informally, are fleshed out in the way people build their houses, cook their meals, eat, choose leaders, settle disputes, marry etc. All these are aimed at helping communities get along well with each other. These principles therefore become acceptable markers of ensuring peace and safety within every community. Any deviation from them is seen as a misnomer or a social misfit.
Similarly, God has given mankind guidelines through his word to help those who would believe in his saving grace know how to navigate their lives in this world of darkness. Some critiques of the Bible argue that, the Bible is often used by the church to restrict mankind’s enjoyment. To debunk this theory, we have to remember that, in the Garden of Eden, God put man in charge of his creation and asked him to subdue the earth. This means that, the God of the Bible is a God who wants his children to enjoy themselves fully. Simply put, God’s intent is to make mankind live happily socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.
Unlike the other gods, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob is above all other gods. He is a holy God; and as such, he exists by his own standards. His holy nature requires all his followers to live for him in the light of doing what pleases him. For this reason, the Psalmist said; Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [a]strength and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14). This passage was part of David’s prayer to God. Here, we see him acknowledging his shortcomings before a holy God; and pleading with him to help him (David) meet his (God’s) standard as he desires to speak the right words and thinks of the right things. David knows that, the heart is a conceiver of both good and evil; while the mouth is a communicator of the thoughts of the heart. It is therefore imperative that, the thoughts of every man’s heart and the words that comes out everyone’s mouth will meet God’s standards – be acceptable before him.
This prayer of David also reveals his humility before God. He sees God as the Creator of the universe; who deserves to be honoured. The Bible is full of characters who displayed attitudes of humbleness in their walk with God. Humility is a lesson that David exemplifies; which is captured in Psalm 23. In contrast to our human nature, we are only acceptable before God by walking humbly before him. Apostle Peter exhorted his readers by saying; Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time (1 Peter 5:6).
David concludes his prayer by acclaiming God as his Redeemer and strength. Our redemption from sin cost God his only begotten Son. Jesus shed his blood to purchase our salvation; so that we will be reconciled to God. David’s reference to God as our strength reveals our human weaknesses and limitations. As human, we are limited in many ways; we therefore need to rely on God to supply our physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological strengths.
As we walk with God, and desire to be acceptable before him and our fellow men, let’s remind ourselves of the following words from the Prophet Isaiah when he said;
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:30-31 NKJV).
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