Give Good Advice: Esteem the Lord as King

August 13, 2012 at 9:56 am | Posted in Biblical Advice, Selected Psalms | 7 Comments
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Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.

Psalm 4:4-5 (emphasis added)

There was a time when subjects would go before their king. When that happened, the subjects would stand and the king would remain seated on his throne. The king was considered “sovereign.” The job of the subjects was to esteem him. When it’s time to give advice, we had better not leave this factor out of the equation: Is what you are about to do going to bring glory to your Lord? Will it reflect esteem onto your King?

Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

Psalm 33:8

To stand before God should cause us to tremble in fear and awe.

For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

Psalm 33:9

Even if what you are doing is wise or good or even beneficial to others, God has the final veto power over it. If He blesses it, it will be glorious. If He curses it, it will be terrible.

The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.

Psalm 33:10

I am not talking about asking God to put His stamp of approval on your own plan. He is not a cosmic bellhop, which is what the heathens think about their gods. I am talking about approaching any endeavor as though it must meet with God’s approval. To “esteem” means to make something valuable. We cannot add any value to God, but we are to make our decisions – and to give advice – with His glory at the forefront of our reasoning.

Somebody at some time is going to seek your advice. And there are going to be times when you are really not sure which path to take, and you are going to seek the advice of others. Life is full of big decisions. Our job is to learn to think Biblically and to apply God’s principles to giving and taking advice before we presume to say whatever seems best in the circumstances.

A.void sin
D.elay taking rash action
V.ow to be sincere with God
I.nquire of your own heart
C.ontent yourself with God and His plans
E.steem the Lord as King

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