Ps 111 – “The good life begins in the fear of GOD.”
We’re all in search of “the good life.” Western culture tells us that it begins with education. Get a degree. Get a better-paying job. Get “the good life.”
Or the good life happens when we’re ready to settle down and commit to a marriage partner and have children of our own.
Or the good life means tucking away enough money to retire comfortably with resources to travel and to play.
The good life; a little hard to define but we think we know it when we see it.
However, the Psalmist makes a passing comment that challenges our usual thinking. “The good life begins in the fear of GOD.” His comment surprises us, because he suggests that the good life is not grounded in our circumstances but in an attitude. The good life is not the product of what happened yesterday but what we decide today. The good life cannot be defined by externals. It springs forth from our inner life.
As we revere GOD — fear Him — and press into Him, we discover that intellectualism, materialism, and hedonism are fleeting at best. Christ is the constant in our changing world; not stuck, but steady. And through Him we experience stability and every good thing.
Lent, in part, reminds us of this spiritual reality. As we fast we declare, in essence, that physical comforts and pleasures fade fast, like dew in the sunshine. Instead, let’s resolve to honor Christ today — to fear GOD — and seek “the good life” in Him.
Breath Prayer for Today: “I honor you, LORD.”