The Perfect Role Model

Psalm 145: 8-9, “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made” (ESV).

There are several people in the world we can emulate, but in order for us to be pleasing in God’s eyes; He gave us The Perfect Role Model to follow.  God gave His only begotten son to take our sins upon Himself so that we can have everlasting life in God’s Kingdom. Psalm 145 was a song written by David that also helps us to be Christ-like in ensuring we keep God and Jesus first and foremost in all that we do. David knew how important it is and was for us to give God His due worth in praise, honor, and glory.

David is another role model we can learn from because he wanted to be like Christ before Christ was born. But just like us, David fell short of being perfect, so we must strive to be like The Perfect Role Model, Jesus Christ and give Him thanks for showing us the way. Without God, we may fail, but with Him on our side, we can be victorious. Jesus said in Mark 10:27, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God: (ESV).

Psalm 145 English Standard Version (ESV) Great Is the Lord – A Song of Praise. Of David. 145 I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.

In verses 1 and 2, it says to extol God and King forever and ever. David was not speaking about himself as king, but the King of all Kings, Lord of all Lords, Jesus Christ. He did not write today I will bless and extol you, or this week, this month, this year, David said every day forever I will extol, praise, and bless your name. We must continue to praise God daily and do this forever, not just when we want something from Him. Praise Him in Good Times and Bad times and He will never forsake you.

3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.

In verses 3 and 4 we see that God deserves to be praised because of His greatness. Not only does He deserve our praises we are to pass this on as an inheritance to our children and children’s children as Psalm 13:22 states. An inheritance is not always about money or materialistic things; you must leave the inheritance of God’s power and will for our lives from generation to generation. Teaching our children how to praise God daily, making sure they understand His grace, mercy, and power, they will then pass that onto their children. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (ESV). Discipleship starts at home, or it should.

5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. 6 They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. 7 They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

Verses 5 -7 speaks of God’s wondrous works and how we should meditate on them. This means always remembering what God has done in the past for our ancestors and presently for us. His divine works speak towards His power and righteousness. We are one of God’s wondrous works and therefore we should also shout out to the heavens about His grace, mercy, and the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us and our family. Shouting out what God has done in our lives is giving thanks to our Lord. Publicly letting people know how much we love God and what He has done in our lives is exalting His Name!

8 The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9 The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.

Giving thanks to our Lord because of His grace, mercy and because He is slow to anger against us when we continually backslide is what verse 8 and 9 informs us. We are His creation and He loves us and is good to us. Have you thanked God today? Thank the Lord when you awake in the morning and several times throughout the day. Thank Him for good weather and bad weather you are having because there is a reason for all seasons. Remember in Matthew 6:10 it says, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (ESV).

10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you! 11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, 12 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

We must continue to thank God for His good works so we can honor and bless God as verse 10 says. Verses 11 and 12 continue with command of ensuring our children are informed so they can inform their children for generations to come. We must sit our children down and disciple them in the few years we have with them. Teach them about Jesus and God’s mighty acts along with how we are to live as Christians according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Once a child grows up, he is to marry and leave his family to start his own family. Genesis 2:24 reads, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (ESV). Once your child leaves your covering, he/she should already be a disciple of Jesus Christ, ready to pass the inheritance onto their children.

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. [The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.]

We see in verse 13 that God’s promise of His Kingdom is never ending and the dominion he gave us over all things on Earth is everlasting as well. It further reminds us of how God cannot tell a lie; He is faithful in all His words. The Holy Bible is God’s word and will for our lives and is the truth.

14 The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.

If you stay in prayer, God will see that they are answered. He does not want to see you on bended knees for your entire life. Verse 14 reminds us that God will only put on us as much as we can handle. If we are falling, He will not let us hit the bottom. If we turn to Him in prayer, He will reward us, bless us by giving us rest and allowing us to rise up and see His glory and wonders at work. God will never let you fail by giving you more than you can bear if you turn to Him when you have an Uncertainty in your life; He provides the Reasoning or way out. 1 Corinthians 10:13 reads, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (ESV).

15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. 16 You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.

God will feed us whenever we need food. We all eat in the natural daily; some very little and some a lot. God also wants to feed us Spiritually; He feeds His disciples daily with His Word as the read the Holy Bible and listen to the teachers of the Word. Verse 15 and 16 tells us that we must open our Spiritual eyes and seek God for the food He has. Reading The Holy Bible will open God’s hand to feed us but only after He has given the His Holy Spirit to reveal the secrets hidden in the words.

We also know that Jesus is the Bread of Life and we will be fed forever because of His sacrifice on the cross. John 6:35 states, “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst”” (ESV). If you are hungry, ask Jesus to come feed you. Sinner’s Prayer for Salvation

You must ask Jesus to come into your life and take control. If you have never asked Jesus to come into your life to save you from your sins, you must do three things in prayer.

Ask Jesus for forgiveness of your sins.

Ask Jesus to save you.

And Give Jesus complete control of your life.

Right now, if you want Jesus to take control over your life, repeat this prayer and truly believe as you confess your sins in this prayer. “Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I know You died on the cross for me. I now turn from my sin and ask You to forgive me. I now invite You into my heart and life. I now trust You as my Savior and follow You as Lord. Thank You for saving me. Amen!

17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. 18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

If you truly believed in what you said, God has now taken control of your life and you need to listen to His instructions, His will for your life. You are now a new creation and have born again with The Holy Spirit operating in your life to help you do God’s will. Just as verses 17 and 18 state, The Lord is righteous and will come to all who call Him, as you have just done in truth. We must have faith that God’s will do exactly as He says. If we turn away from God, He will destroy us. In Ezekiel chapter 20, we learned that God will do what He says even to His chosen ones. When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt on a week trip, they turned away from God’s ways very quickly so he led them astray in the wilderness for 40 years. During this reign some still did not fear God as they should have.

19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. 20 The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

God just wants us to love Him and give Him our hearts completely. If we do that then He will provide for us all that we need forever and ever. In verses 19 and 20, it is telling us just that. To fear the Lord is not to run from Him, but it is to run to Him and ask Him to forgive you for your sins, save you from the natural feelings and idolatry’s of the world, and knowing that if you do not, Jesus Christ will not write your name in His Book of Life. If we want everlasting life and live in the mansions God promised us, then we must be washed with the blood of Jesus and made clean. Revelation 21:27 states, “But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (ESV). And 1 John 1:7 reads, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (ESV).

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

Therefore we implore you to do as verse 21 states, “My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever” (ESV). Put God first and foremost in all your actions. Do not grow weary in hard times, but turn to Him so he can put you on solid ground. Ensure your faith is strong. Give God all the praises, honor, and glory only He deserves. Make sure to thank Jesus daily throughout the day. Giving thanks to God should be a way of life and not something struggled with. When you awake in the morning thank God. Thank Him for everything you see, everything you do, all the experiences you were blessed with during the day.

On page 4 of Uncertainties and Reasoning, Caroline Savage used the bible verse Matthew 18:21 and 22, and it reads, “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven” (KJV). Here is a perfect example of how we should treat people, because although the word brother was used, it is not just talking about our immediately family members. Jesus saw every one of God’s creations as brothers.        We are to love one another just as much as God loves us. He commanded us to do just that in Matthew 19:19, “Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (ESV). You know how much you love yourself; we need to love each other just as much. I can understand that forgiving our family is hard enough and to forgive a perfect stranger may even be harder to accomplish. But if someone does something against you, then admonish them. If they ask you for their forgiveness then we must forgive them if they truly feel sorrow.

Luke 17:3-4 informs us to ensure we follow this instruction from Jesus, “Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him” (ESV). As Ambassadors for Christ we are to be Disciples of Jesus Christ. We are to learn from Him, His teachings and ways. Jesus Is the Perfect Role Model for us to follow and if He can forgive all of us for ours sins, time after time, then who are we not to forgive our brother for his sins each and every time?

When we get together at family gatherings, office meetings, class reunions, or any situation that may have friction, ensure you are entering the occasion with forgiveness already in your mind, body, and soul. Do not allow anything to provoke your flesh into anger or hatred. Let all the things from the past leave your thoughts. Ask God to remove them and tell Him that you have forgiven all those that have trespassed against you. Then make sure you have also asked Jesus to forgive you for all the sins you have done in the past.

We must always keep God First. Keep God first, pursue His will, and He will lead the way. Keep God first and foremost in your life and continue to engage in eternal Thanksgiving to our Lord. We thank you Heavenly Father, we give you all the praise, honor, and glory. Blessings in the name of Jesus!

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