Meditating on Psalm 128.
Blessed is every one who fears the Lord,
Who walks in His ways. (Ps. 128:1)
The beginning of all blessings is that moment when we have a fear of God. This kind of fear comes from His being an all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-living God. A God who loves justice. When we begin to have a fear of God, wisdom has dawned on us. When we truly fear God, we humble ourselves to Him and beg Him to help us obey His commands. We may believe in God but it doesn’t mean we fear Him. When we truly know Him and let Him reign in our lives, His fear will be upon us and we will walk in His ways.
There are so many who say they believe in God but in their lives, they don’t fear Him. They continue to commit sin. There are even others who profess their love of God but in truth, they don’t honor Him. When we disobey Him, we don’t fear Him and we don’t honor Him in our lives. But the world is crawling with hypocrites.
Saturday night last week, we celebrated Hannah’s 13th birthday. My cousin who works in the Office of the Ombudsman came. Late into the night, we talked about corruption in the Philippine government especially among the politicians and their pending, most controversial cases. Corruption’s tentacles have reached even to the remotest municipality. No wonder why the Philippines remains to be a poor country. (Big sigh). What’s so exasperating is that, you see these corrupt vipers going to church or mentioning God in their speeches. As their acts of debauchery were discussed, I almost gagged.
I sat up straight and said something about righteousness that I was sure was so out of line but I needed to say it anyway. “True change in our country will start from the self. If every individual will have a true fear of God and follow His righteousness, we will have leaders and citizens who are incorruptible.” This was met by awkward silence (and gaping mouths?) followed by snickers. Maybe my relations have lost hope in the people long time ago.
But maybe God has not. As long as His offer of salvation stands, there is hope. And when the people’s hearts have changed and turn to the living God, families will become stronger, communities will be united in righteousness, and the country will be peaceful and prosperous. With God all things are possible. We just have to keep on believing, praying, preaching the Gospel of salvation, and winning souls for Christ.
When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
In the very heart of your house,
Your children like olive plants
All around your table.
4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the Lord. (vv. 2-4)
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