The Life of the Upright
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Psalm 101:6: I will look with favor on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to me.
It was a tall order to work with King David. He wanted the team to be upright and blameless. When you read the rest of Psalm 101, you'll see that David held a very high standard for service. It's as if David is saying, "You will be perfect. And if you don't measure up to my standard, you are not serving with me. As a matter of fact, I will be against you."
At the same time, who is perfect? I'm not. King David wasn't by any stretch of the imagination. What David was, was forgiven and thereby perfected. God forgave David his sins and sinfulness. God forgave David and gave to David the upright life. David didn't have it on his own. The upright life was given to him through God's grace and forgiveness.
And when we live by means of forgiveness and grace that God gives to us through Jesus' body and blood, we have the life of the upright. We are forgiven because of what Jesus did. We are perfected by the grace and mercy of God.
So getting up to speed with God is to use our words in such a way as to show the world the life of the upright, the faith filled, and the forgiven sinner that God saved. Let's pray.
Father God, we know that we are not perfect, according to Your good and gracious standards. We rely on the forgiveness that You gave by means of Jesus' sacrifice of Himself to live the upright life. Empower us we pray by Your Holy Spirit to be the upright people that You made us to be. We pray this in Jesus' name. And all God's children say...
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Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.