BUILDING CHARACTER

In God we trust. All others we polygraph. 

Sad, but true. There are few people in this world that I would trust with my life. Ultimately, I trust only God for life and more life eternal. He is my rock, my salvation and my deliverer.

In the coming days, I would like to “camp out”, going verse by verse, step by step, on a journey through Psalm 119. Psalm 119 (Greek numbering: Psalm 118) is the longest psalm as well as the longest chapter in the Bible. It is referred to in Hebrew by its opening words, “Ashrei temimei derech” (“happy are those whose way is perfect”). It is the prayer of one who delights in and lives by the Torah, the sacred law. So, there is much to learn, maybe be affirmed, but mostly challenged, in what we desire to be for God while the Holy Spirit guides us. 

“Happy are people of integrity, who follow the law of the LORD.” Ps 119:1, NLT

Integrity: Doing the right thing even who no one is watching. This was the statement made at the end of each school day by one of the principals I taught for years ago. He was not a proclaimed Christian but he would always listen and was interested in what Randy (who also worked previously for him) were up to in our lives as Christians. He was a man of integrity, but he was not happy. He didn’t have the true joy of having a personal relationship with the One who drives integrity in us. He just wanted kids to do the right thing. I pray for him still. 
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The theme of Psalm 119 is the delight one has in following God’s Word as a guide to behavior from a deep love of God. May we learn more and more as we study and meditate on the longest chapter in the Bible. 

PSALM 119. This is a psalm by itself, like none of the rest; it excels them all, and shines brightest in this constellation of psalms. May we shine like stars as we read, think, and behave with integrity as we study this psalm. Be happy, be joyful. ; )

In Jesus Name and by the Power of Your Holy Spirit working in us. Amen!

 

 

 

 

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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