What would your obituary say?

Posted: January 14, 2015 in Thoughts on God

Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.
(Psalm 33:1 ESV)

If you found yourself at the end of life, and you were afforded the opportunity to both reflect upon your existence and hear what others had to say about the way you had lived, what would characterize your life? Think for a moment; what would you like others to say of you? What do you hope your life would have been recognized for? Would your friends and neighbors say, “He always seemed to notice what was wrong with everything first, complained, and was overly critical.” Or, “She never appeared to be satisfied with what she had, she was ungrateful and always needed more.” Hopefully it would be neither of those responses, but read today’s verse again and dwell on what it calls us to:

“Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.”

Will your life have been lived in a matter that “befits the upright”? Those of us counted as righteous in Christ should live a lifestyle of praising, honoring, and worshipping our God. We ought to have God’s praise always on our lips, salting our speech. In short, “praise befits the upright”, and our lives should be characterized by such living and speaking.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)

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