Key Verse: “But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still” (Psalm 4:3, 4).
Text: PSALM 4:1-11
A clergyman once asked some children before him, “What is holiness?” A poor little boy in tattered dress jumped up and said,”Please, your reverence, it is to be clean inside. ” Could anything be truer? Holiness means “separated” or “set apart for a special use”. In this specific case in our text, God speaks about His glory which the Sons of men had turned in to shame through their love for vanity.
He turn s our attention to the beautiful life of those set apart for His exclusive use: they do not live willfully in sin any longer as the nature and power of sin has been destroyed through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. The passage concludes with the gladness of heart and the prevailing peace which God’s holy people enjoy in spite of the turbulence and evil in the world. The world’s system has a way of controlling and corrupting people, be it through the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes or the pride of life.
As Christians, we know that some of those things in the world system are wrong. We must therefore avoid them. We must not behave like people who don’t want to give up the world entirely; people who try to hold onto the world and at the same time remain in Christ’s kingdom. Anyone who clings to the world will surely be entrapped by it. The way of holiness is not to import worldly principles in torn Christianity.
The way of holiness is to come out from among them and be separate. That means, we exist for the special purpose of being a pure dwelling for God. When we are set apart, we show forth the praises of God and sinners are drawn to His love through our lives and conduct. Remember, without holiness no man shall see the Lord
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Holiness is “to be clean inside”.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 SAMUEL 6 – 7
Source: Daily Manna Devotional