2010-03-19 - How to be Great
The Qualities and Blessings of Greatness ~ Part 3
Psa 122:6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
The 5th blessing is a promise of stability. The devil might be able to shake us up but like the old hymn says, "We shall not be moved". See we have two choices we build upon the rock of Jesus Christ or we build on the sand. Now sure the sandy beaches offers a beautiful view of the sunset and nothing beats those gentle ocean breezes. But when the hurricanes come, our house becomes an aquarium or a trash pile. If we build upon the rock nothing will destroy it. We have Jesus' promise that not even the gates of Hell will prevail against us.
A great person will be in everlasting remembrance which is the 6th blessing of an eternal legacy. This is the second unending blessing (righteousness being the first). Our children will become what we are and our actions shape their lives and thus the future. A song originally sung by Phillips Craig and Dean says "I want to be just like you [Jesus] because he wants to be just like me". I cannot help but cry when I hear that song because it reminds me of the challenge I face in raising my son. I have a responsibility to be like Christ so my son will have an example to follow. The same is true of our responsibility to newcomers to the faith. To be saved, you just have to know that you've sinned and He saves. We have an obligation to the young among us to raise them up and help their faith to grow. And they will pattern their lives after the lives of those around them.
Obviously this must be important since it is same thing restated! So here we see an important quality, the 8th quality, steadfast trust in God. We cannot be great if we do not fully trust God. We are to have hope in the Lord not fear of the devil.
We find here also another quality closely related to that one. The 9th quality, security. We are to have a fixed heart meaning a surety, a peace, or an assurance. "For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day." (2 Timothy 1:12). That was pretty cool as a song but when I realized it was a scriptural reference to the power of God, it somehow meant even more.
Knowing that we can obtain the 10th quality by being fearless. There are a lot of bumper stickers that say "no fear" - or I've even seen some written in redneck "ain't skeered". We should fear God but nothing else. A little boy in school play had one line that read "It is I; be not afraid". He got nervous and came out on stage and said, "It's me and I'm scared." We can be like that boy or we can be not afraid. Romans 8:38-39 says, "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." When I read this I almost picture a bunch of Christians sitting around like small children saying "What about this? Well what about that?" And to each Paul replies "Nope not that either". We ought to trust God. Don't simply turn from the world but most importantly turn toward God. I realize this is one of those perspective half full or half empty type things but I believe we can be optimistic in our Christian walk knowing the truth of Romans 8:28,29 has not changed a bit. (And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.) Those are Paul's words but there's also an assurance given by David in Psalm 46:1-3.
An old preacher once told me that Selah can be read or at least he reads it as so there. In other words David is saying "God's unshakeable and I'm in God. So there!"
Next week will be the conclusion. Until then...
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted