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June 11, 1997

Responding in Kind

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The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness. PSALM 18:20
In the midst of his long song of praise to God for delivering him from Saul, David recognized that he was experiencing what some believers don’t experience until they reach eternity—a reward for his righteousness.
He knew that he had “kept the ways of the LORD” (v. 21) and that he had “not turned away from his decrees” (v. 22). He knew that he had been “blameless” before God and that he had kept himself “from sin” (v. 23).
David wasn’t bragging. He was rejoicing.
He recognized that God always shows Himself faithful to the faithful (v. 25), blameless to the blameless (v. 25), pure to the pure (v. 26), and shrewd to the crooked (v. 26).
What will you do today to keep the ways of the Lord? What will you do today to keep His decrees? What will you do to avoid sin and to stay pure?
When the day ends, if you find yourself standing before God, waiting for Him to deal with you according to your righteousness, what can you expect?
For one thing, be thankful—very thankful—for the redemptive grace that came with the death and resurrection of Jesus. But don’t let that stop you from honoring Him through your actions. As the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans, we all are spiritual slaves, either to sin or to righteousness (Romans 6:15-23). Which will you be today?

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