Visualize the eyes of the Lord being on you. For David, being righteous had to do with obeying the law. David, a man after God’s own heart who praised his God continually, believed he experienced more of God’s favor and presence as he walked uprightly with Him. David also believed he benefited by a close walk with God by God being responsive to his cries for help.
You were made righteous at salvation resulting in God living in you at all times by His indwelling Holy Spirit. God also desires to thrive in your life. Though God lives in you, He does not necessarily expend His life equally in all your circumstances. Psalm 66:18 tells of the effect sin has on God: “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” (NIV) Though God is in you, His work will vary according to your righteous behavior. Psalm 11:7 gives you a glimpse of why God is this way: “For the LORD is righteous; He loves righteousness; the upright will behold His face.” (NASB) God desires His children to be all they can be in Him. God’s life in you flourishes as your heart lives to please Him. On the other hand, sinning with intention and conviction blocks God’s life from flourishing in you. God’s work is no longer focused on His purpose for you, but on bringing you back into alignment with His purposes.
Knowing that God loves righteousness and loves revealing Himself to those who seek Him should motivate you to align your heart to His. Psalm 36:8 introduces a wonderful illustration to help move you more into the heart of God: “They feast on the abundance of Your house; You give them drink from Your river of delights.”(NIV) Instead of approaching God by performing the least required or as a negotiation, view your life with Him as the most delectable feast you could ever experience. Pray for the joy of a deeper relationship with Him. Read the Bible with a hunger to know Him better. Fellowship with Christians to see God’s hand at work. Study the Bible with the desire to unlock treasures never before seen or experienced. Your God is big. Who He is and what He offers is beyond
Psalm 81:10 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” (NIV)
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