Psalm 101:6 My eyes
shall be upon the faithful
of the land, that
they may dwell with
me; He who walks in
a blameless way is the
one who will minister
to me. (NAS95)
I asked myself after
reading this section of
the Psalm, “Who have
I been looking at?” It
is an interesting thing to consider. Which personalities
have we given the most attention to?
The faithful of the land, or those we would say
we disagree with. The Psalmist understood the
power of a positive influence. When we travel
with those who speak encouragement, we will
be encouraged. When we work with those who
are upright, we will walk uprightly. We end up
the same place as those we are traveling with, so
it is important to know where our companions
plan to go.
The information we allow into our soul through
our eyes is a personal choice. It is not sufficient
to keep out the negative, but we need to actively
seek out positive, uplifting stories of faith.
There are so many good biographies of men
and women of faith that can challenge you to go
on with God. Just prior to my fiftieth birthday, I
was a little discouraged thinking that my useful
days were swiftly drawing to a close.
Then I picked up two biographies of men
of God that I admire. Both of them had felt
a call of God after their 49th birthday. Faith
immediately took hold and I was able to go on
with a renewed determination.
I challenge you to sit down and evaluate who
is ministering to you. Who have you set your
eyes on? Whose life do you know most about? Is
it the faithful of the land or those who amount
to nothing in the Kingdom of God?
Rawlin Falk is pastor with Maple Park Alliance
Church in Quesnel.