Under the reign of King Solomon the magnificent Temple was completed and everything was ready for its dedication to God’s glory. Before Solomon addressed the masses, the people celebrated with trumpets and cymbals, and raised their voices together to sing out praises to God, “He is good; His love endures forever.” This familiar chorus shows up in about a half dozen other psalms and is still sung by God’s people today. Reading a little further in Psalm 106 we discover yet another blessing. Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right.
Justice is important to God. The Temple was a reminder to the people of their covenant relationship with a just God. God is faithful, that is without a doubt. The question is: are we faithful to Him? Do we value justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God each day? If so, we are blessed. Do we practice patience, exercise gentleness, overflow with gratitude? If not, why not?
Like so many things in life, desired results require disciplined resolve. We won’t become physically fit overnight. No matter how much one might dream of being in shape, if we want to see a change in the outcome, we most likely need to change our input. Imagine this cycle: treasure wisely, put off the bad, put on the good, live this out. Treasuring wisely, in this case a strong fit body, leads us to put off the habits that keep us from achieving that goal, maybe laziness and poor food choices. We then add exercise, get proper rest and nutrition and repeat the pattern until it becomes the new norm. In time we enjoy the benefits that come from our disciplined resolve to have a healthy body.
We follow this same cycle to train our minds to master a new language or a musical instrument or a computer program, but what about our most important endeavor, the maturity of our souls? Are we putting on justice and mercy or are we ignoring those qualities? Our soul’s health can improve as we put off such things as contempt and pride, and practice living peaceable, pure, humble lives. God, help us to see that it is a blessing to consistently do what is right. Help us to treasure this blessing enough to joyfully endure our workouts. When we get resistance may we see it for what it is, and press on into You. Amen.