January 05, 2018 0 Comments

This is the time of year for RESOLUTIONS. Each new year, people evaluate themselves and make decisions on how to improve their lives. New Year's resolutions are not a bad thing, but they often don't last very long. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
King David, in the Psalms, expresses some of his resolutions. He is called, you may remember, "a man after God's own heart." His goals in life were spiritual goals. He doesn't talk about going on a new diet, or exercising more, or getting Botox treatments to remove his wrinkles. All of these might be good for a person physically, but David is concerned about his walk with God spiritually.
Let me share three of these "resolutions" from the life and experience of King David, which I believe will be helpful for all of us in 2018. (These are taken from my Devotional book: Strength For Today, and can be found on pages 515, 517, and 525).
FIRST, David resolves to get his mouth under control. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. If there is one thing we all need in 2018, it is to get our mouth (our speech) under the control of the Spirit of God. Paul exhorts the church at Colosse to Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how to answer every man.
SECOND, David resolves to be faithful in going into the house of the Lord. He says: I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord (Psa. 122:1). Also he exclaimed: "Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells" (Psa. 26:8). And in another place he wrote: "One thing have I desired of the Lord, and that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple"(Psa. 27:4). It seems to me like Christians today are less and less committed to their local church. Going to church is not a priority with many people today, even many who are saved. All of us need to reevaluate our heart's desire in respect to our faithfulness in attending the Lord's house.
THIRD, David resolves live a godly life inside his home. He makes this resolution: "I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before my eyes" (Psa. 101:2-3). David had learned the hard way the awful consequences of succumbing to temptation, of yielding to the lusts of the eyes. Now he resolves to practice purity, and pursue godliness. Altogether too many of us have one standard of behavior inside the church, and another (less appropriate) lifestyle inside our homes. Why is it that the ones we love the most are the ones we hurt the most? Notice how David desires to walk within his house in a perfect way!
May David's desires be our desires. May his resolutions become ours--for if they do, we will have a truly blessed New Year.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.