Living a Holy Life
What do you do when no one else is around? What we do within the walls of our own home reveals who we really are. God calls us to be holy and to be people of integrity. But living a Holy life will require intentionality and authenticity. We will not be perfect down here, but our perfect Holy God is able to help us live out the message we profess to believe. In today’s reading, the Psalmist shows us what a holy life looks like. Not a to-do list, but a way of life that is part of the authentic relationship we can have with God.
Bible Reading of the Day: Psalms 99-101
In today’s reading, I was just struck with how holy our God is in these verses. Our God reigns! He is perfect, Holy, and He is in control! But this world and the enemy of our souls try to convince us that he is not.
Our great God is just and fair. Psalm 99: 4 “The mighty King loves justice. You have established fairness; you have administered justice and righteousness in Jacob.”
Our Holy God is forgiving. Psalm 99:8, “LORD our God, you answered them. You were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their sinful actions.
What should be our response to such a Holy God?
Living a Holy Life—Worship Him.
Psalm 99:5, “Exalt the LORD our God; bow in worship at his footstool. He is Holy.”
Psalm 99: 9, “Exalt the LORD our God; bow in worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy.”
The world wants us to worship creation rather than the Creator. But there is only One Who is worthy of our worship. Worship is ascribing worth. Our god is worthy of being worshiped! This is what we were made for!
Living a Holy Life—Call out to Him.
Psalm 99:6, “…Samuel also was among those calling on his name. They called to the LORD and he answered them.”
God invites us into a relationship with Him. We can call out to Him and He hears us! The Holy One invites the unholy to draw near. He covers our sins not so we will continue in them.
Living a Holy Life—Thank Him.
Psalm 100:4, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name.”
Being truly thankful for all our Holy God has done or us,
Living a Holy Life—Serve Him.
Psalm 100:2 “Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”
But God is not just wanting outward manifestations of praise God wants our hearts. He wants a relationship with us.
Live for Him. Live a Righteous Life.
Since God has done so much for us, how now should we live? God has told us to be holy as He is holy, 1 Peter 1:15-16, “15 But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.”
And friends, we are able to do this because God has given us everything we need. As it says in 2 Peter 1:3, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.”
Living for God starts in our home. Which leads to the Scripture of the day.
Scripture of the Day: Psalm 101: 2-4 (NLT)
2 “I will be careful to live a blameless life—when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. 3 I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them.” 4 I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.”
Living a Holy Life—Carrying the Holy Walk to the World
Psalm 101:2-4 (New Heart English Bible Translation)
“2 I will be careful to live a blameless life. When will you come to me? I will walk within my house with a blameless heart. 3 I will set no vile thing before my eyes. I hate the deeds of faithless men. They will not cling to me. 4 A perverse heart will be far from me. I will have nothing to do with evil.”
We are careful to lead a blameless life – we take precautions to keep us from stumbling. We do this because we know our God is returning and He sees us. He knows every thought. How we walk – live out what we say we believe is manifest in our home. It is manifest in how we speak, think, and act.
Living a Holy Life—Knowing the Holy One
When we know someone, we often start to talk or walk like them. We begin to behave like them. When we know God, we should become like Him. He is holy. May we be holy, too.
The goal is not perfection or having a to-do list—the goal is to live authentically. When we make a mistake, we own it and seek to protect our loved ones and ourselves from what we watch.
When we miss the mark, we know where to go. Our Holy God expects us to be Holy – and we cannot do this on our own. God will do this for us. Are we going to be careful?
“I will destroy anyone who secretly slanders his neighbor; I cannot tolerate anyone with haughty eyes or an arrogant heart. 6 My eyes favor the faithful of the land so that they may sit down with me. The one who follows the way of integrity may serve me. 7 No one who acts deceitfully will live in my palace; the one who tells lies will not be retained here to guide me. 8 Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, wiping out all evildoers from the Lord’s city.”
You don’t fake it till you make it. You make it when you humble yourself and admit your need. Live the holy life in your home so you can then take that message to the world. May we be authentic believers who live victoriously for Jesus Christ.
- Live authentically when no one else is around.
- How we live in our home will impact how we live in the world.
7-Fold One-Year Bible Reading Plan
Day #242: Psalms 99-101
Scripture of the Day: Psalm 101: 2-3
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