Psalm 34:11-14 “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”
This past year my youngest daughter wanted a new tricycle for Christmas. So we purchased one and the night before Christmas we began to assemble her new red tricycle. Being who I am, I thought “who needs the instructions to assemble a simple tricycle?” Well, when I was just about done assembling the tricycle I had to take everything apart and start all over again. I had left out an important bolt that had to be put in place, in a certain order.
In the verses above, we need to build according to the Lord's design. If we are going to grow and mature as Christians, it will be according to the Lord's design. This will include our language and character being built according to His instructions. Do we desire God? Desiring God means we are moving in the direction of God. Without reading and applying His instructions it will be impossible for us to move and work as we are designed.
1. What does our speech tell others about us? In (James 3), James wrote about controlling our speech. In (James 3: 9,10) he talks about our tongue “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” What does our language reflect?
2. Are we desiring God? What does our character teach others about us? In (Ephesians 5: 1,2) we are told “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and 16 | Desiring God a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” In our character are we imitating God, are we following His pattern?
3. Are we applying His instructions? We will not work as we are designed to work apart from His instructions. Daily spend time in His Word and in prayer with a desire to understand His instructions and design for us.
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Psalm 34 - A Devotional Guide, Steve Ellis
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.