“You become the company you keep.” True statement. We tend to rub off on each other. Make sure You choose wisely.
(4) Haughty eyes and a proud heart–the unplowed [uncultivated] field of the wicked–produce sin.
In this case, a person must spend time with the Master Farmer. Jesus is our Master Farmer. He is the Sower of the Seed (Mark 4:1-20). Once our connection is established and we are comfortable at His feet, we begin to take on His characteristics, His personality traits. What are those traits? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). Truth and righteousness are included in those fruit (Eph. 5:9). Hope is also instilled in us (Rom. 15:13). In order for these fruit to find their way into our lives, WE MUST SPEND TIME WITH HIM. He has spoken to us through His Word.
King David knew this truth. He loved God’s word. Psalm 119 is a testament to that love:
2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart—3 they do no wrong but follow his ways.
10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. 16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
24 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.
27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
58 I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.
60 I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.
102 I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. 103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.
129 Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them. 130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
132 Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name. 133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
135 Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees.
167 I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly.
171 May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. 172 May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.
The relationship that David had with the LORD was intimate and ongoing. 2 Samuel 7:1-29 reveals the depth of that relationship. Here are some key verses of their conversation:
[The LORD speaking through Nathan] 8 “Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. 9 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth.
16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.
18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
24 You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, Lord, have become their God. 25 “And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, 26 so that your name will be great forever.
This covenant that the LORD established with David is called the Davidic Covenant and is still active. Tomorrow, we will look at how it is still active and to what we have to look forward!
Dear LORD, thank You for making such an intimate fellowship available to me and to ALL Your children! May I never take You for granted. Amen.