As many of you may know, our student ministry did both a guys and a girls retreat this year. Our girls went down to Red River Gorge and stayed in an awesome cabin, and our guys camped out and did all kinds of awesome stuff. At the guys retreat we also had our middle and high school boys invite their dads to spend the weekend with us. The focus was talking about what it looked like to be a man according to Scripture.
With that being said, one of our speakers actually used this passage to talk to our young men and dads. This Psalm starts out saying that all who fear the Lord and walk in obedience are blessed. This does not mean that if you are a Christian your life is easy or that you just get a bunch of stuff. But the reason that it was used at our guys retreat because there is an important description of an aspect of what a man’s character should be. That aspect of character is fear of the Lord and obedience to the Lord.
Yes, that is the same thing that is mentioned for all people in the beginning, however, this is a specific call to men to be strong in their relationship with the Lord. This is because men are called to be the leaders of their homes, so they must follow Christ well themselves. So when we read this Psalm we have to remember that it is not exclusive. We are all supposed to be fearful and obedient, but as men we are held to a higher standard.
So as you are looking inward today, will you check your character? Will you seek more opportunity for obedience?
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate