Hope in His Power: Living Uprightly

Psalm 125:4 (NKJV)…Upright in your heart

4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, And to those who are upright in their hearts.

Isaiah 33:14-16 (NKJV)…Uprightly walking, talking, decision making, listening and seeing

14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?” 15 He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil:

16 He will dwell on high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water will be sure.

John 7:37-39 (NKJV)

37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Psalm 24:3-4 (NKJV)

3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.

Our living uprightly can only come from God.  We must have our heart right with Him.  Receiving His loving grace, mercy, and love with our whole heart is the beginning.  Too many times we live with distractions when we should be attracted to His love.  We see in Psalm 125 it is a heart condition.  Not about us, but Him in us seeking Him in all that we do. 

Isaiah 33 teaches us to seek Him in several areas of our journey.  What we see, how we walk, how we talk, how we make decisions, as well as being good listeners.  God loves us and knows what is best for us, yet we try to do things on our own.  He loves us and wants us to seek Him in all areas of our journey.

When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we now need to allow Him to be Lord of our life.  He is then our Savior and Lord.  When we seek Him, we will not put other things first, and we will see what He has for us if our relationship with Him is trusting.  We are filled with the Holy Spirit when we accept Jesus and He helps us in our prayers and in seeing the direction that leads to God’s will. 

As we close, we see the Psalmist write we are not to put idols before God.  An upright heart puts God first in all that we do.  He wants us to see what His will is and that is in putting our complete trust in Him.  So, remember to pray to seek an upright walk and it all starts in the heart.

Father:  Thank You for Your love for me.  Forgive me where I have not sought You in all areas of my life.  Thank You that You want me to seek You with all my heart.  Thank You for all that You show for me and for guiding me to have an upright walk with You.  Help me to seek You with my whole heart.

In Your Holy Name I pray, Jesus.  Amen.