Walk Uprightly

Today is Thursday, March 2, 2017. Eight days until our Glen Rose weekend!

Quote of the Day

“Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.” ~ George Jean Nathan

Word of the Day

All three of my usual sources had good ones today, so I’m sharing all of them.

From the Oxford English Dictionary, we get bookish, which means, “Enthusiastic or serious about reading books; studious.”

From Merriam-Webster, we get laconic, which means, “using or involving the use of a minimum of words : concise to the point of seeming rude or mysterious.”

And, finally, from Dictionary.com, we get crocodilian, which means, “hypocritical; insincere.”

I’m definitely bookish, sometimes laconic, but I hope I’m never crocodilian.

Today is World Book Day. We are not referring to the famous encyclopedia set, but just books, in general. “Books have been educating and inspiring us for thousands of years, so it should go without saying that World Book Day is a more than well-deserved holiday.” No matter what kind of books you like, this day is for you. If you don’t like books, well, “pity” comes to mind.

Again, I have little to speak of on a personal level, so I’ll get on into the devotional portion, this morning. Life goes on, everything seems okay, at the moment. And The Voice didn’t get preempted by the President’s speech Tuesday night (we always watch it on DVR), so all is well.

32 days until Opening Day.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!
Psalm 57:8
As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!
Psalm 40:11
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!
Psalm 57:7
Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Psalm 55:22
May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! 
May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion! 
May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah. 
May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! 
May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!

Psalm 20:1-5

(From The President’s Devotional)

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Psalm 84:11

Joshua DuBois puts a slightly different spin on this. “What does it mean to ‘walk uprightly?'” We are familiar with the metaphorical meaning; living honorably, justly, purely. But what if it should be taken literally? “No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

“Not bowed in shame because of hidden sin. Not darting from side to side, anxious about what is behind us and what is to come. Not slumped over with weariness, the pressures of the world resting upon our shoulders.”

“Walk uprightly.” Chin held high, with the secure knowledge that we are children of God, resting in the knowledge of his love for us. “Ready to square our shoulders up to the blessings and wonders of this new day.” I would add “challenges” to that mix.

“No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

I like this. But caution. There is no place for cockiness or self-assuredness in all of this. It is all based on the knowledge of what God has done in and for us, and what he will do through us.

“Dear God, let my physical presence in the world reflect what you are doing in my spirit. For you are surely doing a new thing. Amen.” ~ Joshua DuBois

Yes, and amen, Father! Let me walk uprightly today, not just walking in the steps and words of Jesus, but walking in confidence and boldness, allowing my physical countenance to reflect the joy that I have in you. And let that joy not be defeated or reduced by any challenges that might come my way during this day. May your steadfast love fill me today.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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