Saturday 18th July 2020
A CONSCIENCE FREE AND BLAMELESS LIFE
Pastor Soong Kok Kee
Psalm 101: 2 – “I will be careful to lead a blameless life – when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with a blameless heart.”
Psalm 101: 6-7 – “My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to me. No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.”
The traffic police department was pretty astonished to receive a letter and payment from a motorist who had been given a speeding ticket in 1954. John Gedge, an English tourist, had been visiting the City of Brotherly Love when he was cited for speeding. The penalty was fifteen dollars, but Gedge forgot about the ticket for almost fifty-two years until he discovered it in an old coat. “I thought, I’ve to pay it,” said Gedge, 84, who now lives in a nursing home in East Sussex. “Englishmen pay their debts. My conscience is clear.”
The psalmist of Psalm 101, King David, talks about his commitment to integrity. Although he made some terrible mistakes in his life, Psalm 101 declares his resolve to live blamelessly. His integrity would begin in the privacy of his own house (v. 2) and then extend to his choice of colleagues and friends (vv. 6-7).
This is in sharp contrast to the corrupt lives of most kings of the ancient Near East. David’s integrity led him to respect the life of his sworn enemy King Saul (1 Samuel 24: 4-6; 26: 8-9). Twice he had the opportunity to kill his enemy but twice he spared him – that’s David, a man after God’s own heart. A man of integrity.
As followers of our Lord, we are all called to walk in integrity and maintain a clear conscience. This is true especially of the leaders of the Church – “above reproach; clear conscience; blameless” (1 Tim 3:2,9; Tit 1:6). None of us would be perfect and sinless this side of eternity but like David and Gedge we must strive to the very best of our ability to live a conscience free and blameless life. We will never be able to please everybody and we shouldn’t try, but as long as our conscience is clear before God, man and ourselves in all that we do, say and think, then we can be assured of a good night’s sleep.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, may our prayer and life be like David’s “I will be careful to lead a blameless life”. We ask for your forgiveness Lord, because so very often, in trying to please ourselves and others, we have forgotten to please you. Help us to align our lives back to what it should be – putting you always first in our lives. Loving you with all our heart and with all soul and with all our mind. In Jesus name we pray AMEN.
诗101：2 我要用智慧行完全的道。 你几时到我这里来呢？ 我要存完全的心行在我家中。
交警部门收到一封在1954年因超速被罚单的司机的信和付款，令人十分震惊。英国游客约翰•格奇（John Gedge）在游访美国号称“兄弟之爱”的城市时，因超速被罚款十五美元。但格奇却忘了这张罚票长达五十二年之久，直到他在一件旧外套里发现了它。 现年84岁的格奇说：“我想，我必须付这钱。” 他现在住在英国萨塞克斯东部的一间疗养院。 “英国人一定偿还债务。我问心无愧。”
诗篇101的诗人大卫王谈到他对正直的承诺。 虽然他在生活中犯了一些可怕的错误，但诗篇101声明他决心过无可指责的生活。 他正直的行为是从他自己的家开始(第2节)，然后延伸到他所选择的同事和朋友圈(第 6-7节）。
祷告：亲爱的上帝，愿我们的祷告和生活像大卫：“我要用智慧行完全的道”。 我们祈求你的宽恕，因为在试图取悦自己和他人时，我们常常忘记取悦你。 帮助我们将生活重新调整为应有的状态，使你常常在我们的生命中居首位。尽心、尽性、尽意、爱主。 我们奉耶稣的名祷告，阿们。