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Re-Evaluate Your Heart: My Journey through Psalms 101

My absolute biggest pet peeve ever is feeling like I have been lied to.

It pushes my buttons so deep, I need spelunking equipment to retrieve them after my emotions blow a canyon into everything around me.

It’s a character flaw. I know. It means I have less grace than I should because let’s be honest, we all lie. Sometimes.

That moment when you only tell part of the story. You have your reasons but little did you know, the other person already knows the rest of the story. Feels like a lie.

The time you asked a question, but they think you don’t really want the truth because they think you know the truth already.  The other person misrepresents the truth or even fibs. Feels like a lie.

I could go on like this forever. I hate it. And I pride myself on the tenants in Psalm 101. As the message says:

My theme song is God’s love and justice, and I’m singing it right to you, God .

But here’s the problem with pride. Sometimes, the theme song is less about God and more about what you are trying to prove to the world.

I’m finding my way down the road of right living, but how long before you show up? I’m doing the very best I can, and I’m doing it at home, where it counts.

There are a lot of ‘I’s in that verse. I can relate, but sometimes we let the ‘I’s have the reign and we stop letting  God determine what is right. And true. And just.

And by we, I mean I.

Because I have moments when I am too righteous to see people’s hearts. As the psalmist says

 I refuse to take a second look at corrupting people and degrading things.

Which is good, but not when it is guided by own pride and selfish pride. That’s when letting justice be your theme song can take a really nasty left turn and it becomes less about justice and more about proving yourself right. All. The. Time.

There is a lot to be said for letting “No one who practices deceit…dwell in my house”, but there is also a lot to be said for “walking in my house with blameless heart”. You see, they go hand in hand.  No matter how hard I try, I can’t have a blameless heart if I am constantly looking for the blame or deceit in others. Not only is it exhausting, it’s not justice.

So my theme song will stay love and justice, but each day I must re-evaluate my motives. Am I singing love and justice for Jesus or for myself?

The answer to that question, my friends, will make all the difference in how I live my life and how others see Jesus.

Good Vs. Evil: My journey through Psalms: 86

Throughout the course of history, humans have sought justice. In our own simple way we have come to define justice in a finite way: good should be rewarded; evil should be punished.

Unfortunately, life is messy. The world is sinful. And “good” and “evil” are just not as black and white as we’d like to make it out to be.

I am a good person. I work hard. I treat people fairly. I give to the needy. I serve and teach others.

But I am also an evil person. I sometimes lie. I cheat when I play Candy Land. I judge in my heart, even if it never comes out of my mouth.

So if we use our human definition…should I be rewarded or punished?

Both, I guess. But despite the positive and negative consequences that exist in our world, some evil goes unpunished and some good goes unrewarded, leaving us with a sense of confusion for why justice just can’t be served.

The reality of it is…God is good. We are not. If we were, we wouldn’t do evil things. And because God is good, we can count on his justice being true justice. Even if we can’t quite understand it.

That’s the thing I love about God. He is so multi dimensional it is impossible to know him fully, but WANTING to know him fully keeps me searching, asking, and building a relationship.

 

Yes, God is good. But he’s also just, faithful, honest, loving, holy, and merciful. Th

 

ank God he is merciful. Because if I do evil, which we all do, then I CAN’T be good. And if I CAN’T be good then in our definition of justice…I must be punished. But God’s abounding love, mercy, and grace transcends justice. He extended a get-out-of-jail free card to all of us when his Son took our punishment. And frankly, that blows my mind.

Nothing I can do will erase the evil I have done.

I am not  a good person.

 

But God is.

My pastor Jimmy did an awesome sermon on this  a few months ago. You should check it out here–part 3.