“May the Lord bless you from Zion, all the days of your life. That you may share Jerusalem’s joy and live to see your children’s children. Peace upon Israel.” Psalms 128:5-6.
Psalm 128 advocates fear of the Lord, and according to Proverbs, this means to hate what is evil (Proverbs 8:13). Therefore, when we turn away from what is evil and grasp what is honorable, just, pure, lovely, gracious or excellent (Philippeans 4:8), or turn to the Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 3-10), or to the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), we will find that we are in right relationship with our neighbor and with God.
And when we do these things, we will also find peace. And peace is the fruit of righteousness (Isaiah 32:17), which is attained when we live in a godly way.
Choosing to live our lives righteously so that we have the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippeans 4:7) and will help us to bring ourselves and those we love into sharing in the joy of Jerusalem. We will live to see our grandchildren and have the opportunity to share our wisdom with future generations, we help them share in the joy that could be theirs, as well.
What will you do today to live a righteous life? What small change could you make to turn your life more fully toward God and His just ways? Will it be to discontinue gossiping about others? Will it be to pray for someone who is difficult for you? Will it be to offer your services, or even just your ear, to someone in need? What can you do today to bring the Spirit of Jesus more fully to the earth through the love you express toward others?
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 extension 718.