The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just. The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip. Psalm 37:30-31 (NIV)
What will prevent you from slipping? What will help you to think and speak and act wisely? What will help you to live a righteous life that is good and right and pleasing to me? Let me first say that my righteousness alone would be no better than filthy rags. My wisdom alone would be no better than the world’s foolishness. Without you, I would have no hope of thinking and speaking and acting wisely. Without you, I would never be able to live a righteous life that is good and right and pleasing to you. It is only your payment of my sin, by your sacrificing yourself on the cross, that has made me righteous in your sight. You have forgiven all my sins and cleansed me of my unrighteousness because I have received you, into my life, as my Savior and Lord. All of what you have said is true.
I do know that I have only partially answered your questions. That’s right. You do want me to live and walk in the wise and righteous life that you have secured for me. You want me to come to know you. You want me to think thoughts, speak words and take actions that are good, and right, and pleasing to you. You want me to be wise in all I think, say and do. You want me to live the righteous life that you have called me to live. Yes, I want all of this for you. To live otherwise, would be slipping away from your purpose and plan for my life. To live otherwise, would be living outside of your will for my life. That’s true
So, I have now come back to your original questions. That’s good. Here now are my answers. You will prevent me from slipping. You will help me to think and speak and act wisely. You will help me to live a righteous life that is good and right and pleasing to you. I know you want me to be more specific. Yes, I do. Taking your word deeply into my life is how you will do your work in and through me. Your word will change my heart. Your word will transform my life. Your word will guide my life. Your word will make me able to resist temptation and stand against evil. As I let your word dwell in me richly, you will accomplish your purposes and plans and will in and through me. Your word will be my firm foundation. Your word will prevent me from slipping away from you. Yes, it will. I will take your word deep into my heart and mind and life so I can live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. That will be very good.
Lord, I will keep your word in my heart day by day as I love, follow and serve you. Your word will always be before me. I will allow your word to transform the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. Use your word to keep me from slipping. Amen
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