Prayer for the day
I will walk in the presence of the LORD in the land of the living.
Scripture for the day
There aren’t many people nowadays who would say that they do everything they do for the sake of the gospel. Sure, we might want to say that. We might even believe it’s true every once in awhile. But few of us actually believe it of our entire lives. Maybe that’s why Paul is such a polarizing figure. We think that somehow he must be lying, because nobody does EVERYTHING for the sake of the gospel. Paul must be putting on airs, talking himself up, and making himself look a lot better than he really is.
Yet Paul seems convinced that everything he does, all of his methods, all of his travel and all of his speaking, is directly linked to his love of the gospel, the good news, that Jesus Christ is king. He doesn’t take money for his preaching in order that no one would accuse him of any motive other than the preaching and love of the gospel. Paul is so committed that he has not insisted on his rights, not lived the way he wanted to live in order that people would hear, see, and believe.
The Psalmist may not have known the gospel of Jesus Christ, but sprinkled liberally throughout his writing is the same commitment to God. The things of this earth, as the song goes, have grown strangely dim when he looks upon the goodness of God and his law. The Psalmist recognizes that everything that he does, the life he lives, the songs he writes, the people he cares for and defends, all of it is in service to the God he serves.
May we have the temerity, the fortitude, and the dedication to say the same.