“The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me” Psalm 7:8
This is a prayer that can only be said by a man or woman who not only knows the Lord but also completely trusts Him. If we don’t completely trust Him our righteousness and integrity will come up short.
How can that be?
It’s really simple. Both in the Old Testament and New Testament we need His strength and integrity. In the Old Testament they didn’t have the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit but the Spirit did cloak them. So in both cases the believer needed the Holy Spirit to empower them.
Sounds simple and it is. The Bible clearly indicates that we can be holy. In I Peter 1:16 we are told, “…Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
Actually we are given both the command and the solution here. Put another way, we can be holy because He is holy and He will enable us. I said it was easy, but it is also hard. Submitting ourselves to Him and living a holy life is extremely hard for us humans. It requires surrendering ourselves to Him. There is no room for pride, which happens to be one of our biggest faults.
Why do we want to be holy?
Because God will judge us! As Christians we will face the Bema Seat and will be judged according to our walk. Not for salvation, but for rewards. Some people might say “I don’t want any rewards,” and they might think a desire for rewards is pride. But they misunderstand the Scriptures. We are taught that we will cast our crowns at the feet of Jesus Christ in worship and adoration! That’s not pride, that’s humility. That’s a desire to glorify our Lord!
So all I can say to you is this, “Humbly yield to Him, trust Him, and live for Him as best you can. Then let God be the judge.
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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.