Psalm 23

by Jeremy O'Bryan

The struggle for purity rages in a scary place. In your own heart. In your own impression of yourself.

The world revolves around the popular culture of the day, and most people are motivated by whatever lustful pleasures they can get from the gluttony of daily living. They have no concept of the peace of God that pervades one’s heart, mind, and soul in the pursuit of purity.

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So you put yourself out there where everyone can see you, saying this makes you lust or that is immoral, and people look at you like you’ve got three heads. It hurts when people reject you for your beliefs – or think you’re a square or a geek or whatever. It hurts to stand up against what so many people think is cool. After all, you’re already busy fighting back your own urges – who needs to be thought of as an outcast with big ideas about moral issues?

Look in the mirror when you answer that question, and consider the alternative.

First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.Thomas à Kempis, 1380 – 1471

But we have an ally in Jesus, who possesses endless power. When you step up to the task God put before you, you tap into that power. When you cringe away, preferring the fickle, fake intimacy of the damned, you turn your back on the Holy Spirit, the gift from God that establishes peace within us – peace we can share with a hurt, confused, dying world.

Psalm 23 tells us Jesus will lead us in paths of righteousness. Green pastures. Quiet waters. A feast before your enemies.

Surely goodness and love will follow you all the days of your life, and you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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