PSALMS 50:23: “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.” (KJV)
OBSERVATION: Is my conversation pleasing to God? Do the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, reflect God’s work of salvation in my life? Are my words filled with life, hope, and encouragement to those who hear them? Do my actions match my words?
This one simple verse raises so many questions in my heart. I love the way it is translated in the old King James Version. Most modern translations do not use the word conversation. They translate this conduct, path, or way. In the Old English this is what is connoted in the word conversation. We think of conversation as what we say, but the translators in the 1600’s saw it as the total conduct of a man. It was what they said, what they thought, and how they acted.
To the one who orders, put in place, appoints, directs his total being, body, soul, and spirit, God promises to show him the salvation of God. This is an invitation to enter into the wonderful journey of learning what it means to be a child of God. It is an invitation of intimacy with the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord. It is the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives daily revealing the very nature and character of God into the heart of the redeemed. It is the moment by moment transformation of our hearts and lives into the image of Jesus Christ.
- “But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NLT
So how does one “order his conversation aright?” It begins with a life of praise and thanksgiving. Someone has wisely said, “Whoever or whatever you worship is what you will become.” If we worship the things of this world, we will become like them. If we worship the Creator of all things, we will become like Him! Whoever offers praise and thanksgiving glorifies the Lord. Glorifying the Lord means literally to give Him “weight.” This means we give Him first place in our lives, first place in everything! When measured on the scales of life, the Lord outweighs everything else. He deserves our devotion, our praise, and our thanksgiving. All the glory, all the splendor, all the honor belongs to Him!
When we begin each day with our hearts directed in giving praise and thanksgiving to the One who died for us and gives us life, something wonderful happens! Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” When our treasure is the Lord, our heart becomes the Lord’s. When our heart becomes the Lord’s, our words become filled with praise. When our words become filled with praise, our minds are directed toward things that are above, not here on earth. When our minds are minds are directed toward heavenly things, our feet naturally begin to follow the pathway of righteousness. And when our feet walk on the pathway of righteousness, we discover all the wonderful blessings of our salvation. We enter into the eternal quest to know the height, the width, the breadth, and the depth of the love of Christ.
- “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:14-21 NKJV)
All of this from one verse! Each morning I have a choice on how I will order my conversation. It will determine the pathway that my day will take. And the pathway my day takes will determine what I discover along the way!
Lord, this morning, help me to discover You, in all of Your glory, in all of Your power, and in the depths of Your love! Show me Your great salvation!
In Jesus Name!