18th day of Lent
Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone;
for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
Decency, formerly seen in society, passed away some time ago. It was born in the heart of God and nurtured through the following of His principles. No one can remember the last time anyone saw it. It is joined in death by its cousins, honesty, morality and virtue, and survived by its rivals, deceit, immorality and obscenity. No services will be held to remember decency, though it will be honored in the hearts of the few who can remember it.
Sadly, this “obituary” is far too close to reality than any of us would care to admit. Every day, it seems as though the things of God are more and more rare, and the ways of man and of this world are more and more exalted. Rudeness and nastiness are even seen as virtues or assets of those who wish to get ahead in this world.
Many years ago when I first read this Psalm, it seemed somewhat true even then. But today, there are times that I look around and shake my head at the reality of verse 8: “vileness is exalted among the children of man.”
What is the remedy? The only one is for people to once again embrace the principles and qualities of God and to worship Him. Apart from the Lord, godliness and common decency will be a thing of the past.
Today, pray that the Lord will continue to foster goodness, decency and godliness in your heart and that you will quietly shine those qualities to those you encounter today and in the future.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
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