Meditating on Psalm 31:23-24
“O love the Lord, all ye His saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord” (Psalm 31:23-24).
One of the best things we can do is tell people about the Lord. When you love someone, you want them to have the best. And God is the best. I love how David writes, “O love the Lord, all ye His saints…” That’s the same message I want to express through “Mornings with God.”
Loving God is the best thing we can do. It’s the best thing we can teach our children. Loving God should be our focus. When we love God, we’ll genuinely love others. When we love God, we’ll obey His commandments.
Obeying His commandments preserves us. Preserve here means “to watch, guard, keep, guard from dangers, to be kept close” (Strong’s Numbers H5341). To be kept close is probably my favorite definition. The Creator of the universe not only watches over you but He keeps you close. Imagine that!
When my kids were little, I kept them close to me. I held their hands when we crossed the street. My oldest son is almost 26 and is a daddy. I remember how difficult it was to let him go when he joined the Navy. I wanted to keep him close, to protect him and help him. That’s how God hovers over us.
God not only preserves us, but He “…plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.” Rewardeth means “recompense, requite, to be repaid,” (Strong’s Numbers H7999). When we proudly love and serve Him, God repays us when we love, praise, worship, and adore Him. He rewards the proud doer.
I’m going to love the Lord simply because of who He is. What about you? Are you going to love and obey the Lord too? If so, you can “…be of good courage.” God will preserve you. He will keep you. Hold His hand in public. Tell the world you love Him. Brag and boast of His goodness and faithfulness.
God will reward your efforts. He will take care of you. He will watch over your affairs. God loves you. Don’t ever forget that.