Thursday, January 12, 2017

Psalm 12 - What's Going in Your Head?

Psalm 12 could be describing the world in 2017. I guess this shows that people have always and will always be - well, sinners. Don't these verses sound like what we see and hear today? (Wording from the NIV)

  • no one is faithful anymore
  • those who are loyal have vanished
  • everyone lies to their neighbor
  • they flatter but harbor deception
  • boastful tongues
  • they say "by our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us - who is lord over us?"
  • the wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored by people

Now look how the LORD and His word are described.

  • the words of the LORD are flawless
  • His words are like purified silver 
  • His words are like gold refined 7 times
Now..... which of these lists do you want put into your mind and heart? We have to spend time in the world - we live here! But we can counteract the vileness of the world as we spend time with the flawless, purified golden words of the LORD. 

Uh oh! I just thought of an application you may not like. What do you listen to on the radio? Do you know that your children sing those nasty words in those songs? That puts them in their heart. It puts them in YOUR heart, in YOUR mind too.

"Garbage in - garbage out" isn't just for computer programming. It's true in your heart, mind and soul too. 

Follow Paul's words in Philippians 4:8-9 
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.Bottom line:Protect your heart and mind from the deceit of the world. Buy (and listen to) CDs that have Christian lyrics. Buy some your children will enjoy too. Here's a good resource Northpoint Kids CD  Fill your mind with what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and/or praiseworthy.

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