SATURDAY 31ST MARCH, 2018
THEME: AT ONE’S BEST
TEXT: PSALM 39:1-6
MEMORY VERSE: PSALMS 39:2b “I will keep my mouth with a bridle while the wicked is before me.”
At a point in one’s lifetime, one is at an independent disposition, a time one decides to embrace life whatever the situation may be. The psalmist decides to bridle his tongue for good or for bad; keep his mouth from uttering good or bad words; whatever the level of sorrow he undergoes, he will not complain or misuse his tongue. The psalmist was completely penitent; he surrenders himself to his God to do what He likes with him!
The thesis of King David in today’s text can be tersely put: Be watchful and disciplined. If an evil thought should arise in your mind, suppress it. Watchfulness in the habit is through the disciplining of the head. Cumulative effects of habits bring about character while watchfulness in acts can lead to application of Christian virtues in one’s life.
What presents a man to the outside world? What a man says sells him out. It is the projection of what he conceives and it is what a man conceives that he delivers. Jesus says in Matt. 12:34b that “…out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” People around us watch us and listen to our words and turn them, if they can, to our disadvantage in derision.
Gird thy heavenly armour on;
Wear it ever, night and day;
Ambushed lies the evil one;
Watch and pray, says the hymn composed by Charlott Elliot, (1789-1871).
When you do not know what to say in a situation you are at your best to be silent. Be patient at all times so that you do not fall into temptation. Impatience leads one into making rash decisions that keep live charcoal burning in one’s heart, the aftermath of which may be ill-health that leads to death.
Man is at his best when he sets Jesus Christ as his best model. He uttered no filthy statement nor allowed evil thoughts to draw Him back from the task ahead of Him – to save souls. Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane was distressed and sorrowful because He knew the time had come for Him to die. Even though He was weary, He said “My Father, if it is possible let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not as I will but as You will” (Matt. 26:39). He triumphed over evil thought and became the excellent Way to the Kingdom of God.
HYMN: MHB 491 – CHRISTIAN, SEEK NOT YET REPOSE….
PRAYER: Grant us, Merciful God, the grace to be our best in the face of any hardship in Jesus name we pray. Amen.