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Day 76 – Issue 41

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Be Still Know

Psalm 101.1-2 NLT

‘I will sing of your love and justice, Lord. I will praise you with songs. I will be careful to live a blameless life— when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.’

This is one of David’s psalms and we hear him as he here reflects on his responsibility as king to care for the whole of society and to ensure that justice prevails. The final verse of the psalm gives us a powerful picture of his daily work “to ferret out the wicked and free the city of the Lord from their grip.” It was no easy task, but he knew that it was impossible to bring justice and integrity to his community if he wasn’t practising it at home. Whenever we are told that a politician’s private life is their own personal matter and of no consequence to their public duties we know that they are talking nonsense! King David was far from perfect, but he was clear that it was vital for him to live a consistent life of integrity, even when he was at home and far away from his kingly duties.

Living a consistent life is not easy! It’s no wonder that, when David proclaims his intention to be careful in living a blameless life, he asks the question – when will you come to help me? He knew himself well enough to know that he couldn’t do this by himself. He needed God’s inspiration and strength to live a consistent life. I don’t know what your life looks like. You will have tensions, blessings and challenges that are very different from my own, but I do know that only God can enable you to live a life of consistent integrity.

These thoughts should spur us to pray for all those who live in the public eye. I believe we have a special responsibility to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters who bear public responsibilities and whose lives are always under the spotlight. Let’s pray that they will know God’s daily renewing strength so that there is no gap between their home and public lives.

Question: How can you ensure that you live for God both at home and beyond?

Prayer: Loving Father, thank you that you are present in every part of my life, and that you give me the strength to live for you, whatever the circumstances. Amen

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