Psalm Saturday: Psalm 82, a Psalm of Asaph

A Psalm of Asaph.

1 God has taken his place in the divine council;
in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
2 How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

5 They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
they walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6 I said, You are gods,
sons of the Most High, all of you;
7 nevertheless, like men you shall die,
and fall like any prince.

8 Arise, O God, judge the earth;
for you shall inherit all the nations!

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We often mistake the silence of God as a sign that He is not present among us. Yet, even though we do not hear the Lord or see Him, in the deepest depth of our soul we believe the Lord is indeed watching over us, providing for our needs, and caring for us. God’s silence draws out our faith. Do we believe or don’t we? We can count on God in this lifetime and in the next. We can rest assured knowing He alone will judge the righteous and the damned.

In this psalm, written by Asaph, we can see a God sitting as the ultimate judge over a plethora of human judges. These judges lived in every town of Israel. They served as the Lords’ judicial representatives among the people. They were supposed to be beyond reproach. They were supposed to do right and be good. But anyone reading the book of Judges knows that was not the case. They made themselves gods, similar to how you and I make ourselves gods when it comes to our life. These men, like us, fell short, perverting truth and justice to meet their own selfish wants and desires. God warns them, telling them that they will be judged for their misdeeds. But they refused to listen.

Asaph’s prayer is that God would judge the whole earth, not just the nation of Israel. He recognizes that the world has become infected by the sinfulness of men and only a just and righteous God could deliver His people from ruin.

Do you pray for the world we live in today? I encourage you to do so. This world is hurting, suffering, and perverting truth with lies. The pain seems almost overwhelming, but as believers, we know that we can count on the Lord. His truth will deliver us.

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Blogger’s Code of Conduct

Initially proposed by online media guru Tim O’Reilly, the Blogger‘s Code of Conduct strives to ensure civility, respect, and integrity among bloggers and other social media users. First proposed in 2007 due to threats made to blogger Kathy Sierra, the Code promotes the following 7 tenets:

1. Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog.

You own your own words. Words are like bullets. Once your tongue fires them off, it’s impossible to take them back.  In addition to owning your words, you also own the tone you allow on any blog or social media platform under your control. Recognize the effect your cyberspace voice has on others and step up when things go wrong. Don’t give space to hate, even if these outside voices purport to agree with you. As a friend of mine would  often say, “Remember who’s you are.”

2. Label your tolerance level for abusive comments.

Let people know that civil discourse and engaging comments are welcome. However, be sure to communicate clearly that the spewing of vitriolic rhetoric will simply not be allowed and will be promptly deleted.

3. Consider eliminating anonymous comments.

Momma likes to say, “Don’t say anything behind someone’s back that you’re not willing to say to their face.” The Internet allows people to throw up cyberspace garbage on your platform’s porch while safely secluded in the shadows of the surrounding hedges. Don’t allow them to utter harsh comments while hiding behind the skirts of anonymity.

4. Don’t feed the trolls.

Trolls live where they are fed. Don’t feed them. Ever. Period.

5. Take the conversation offline, and talk directly, or find an intermediary who can do so.

Things getting heated? Step off the field and address individuals directly. Praise in public, rebuke in private.

6. If you know someone who is behaving badly, tell them so.

You get what you expect or you get what you accept. Confront bad behavior directly. Don’t let it fester or sit idly hoping it will go away. It won’t. Left unaddressed it will only get worse.

7.  Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say in person.

Just because someone can’t cyberpunch you in the mouth doesn’t give you free license to let your mouth write checks your derriere can’t cash. If you can’t say nothing nice, don’t say nothing at all.

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If we, as a group, can implement these simple tenets in our online interactions, we will take a huge step forward in maintaining the freedom of speech, nurturing a diversity of opinions, and ensuring a discourse marked by civility and respect rather than the hateful, vitriolic venom too often spewed online. It all goes back to adhering to the Golden Rule: Treat people like you would like to be treated.

Remember that we don’t all have to agree on everything, but even in our disagreements, we can still be respectful in our online discussions and honorable in how we treat one another.

Blessings.

Matthew 7:12 (NIV)

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

My Monday Morning Cup: A Look Back

As we near the midpoint of the year, I want to take a look back at the most popular posts of 2018 so far. Starting with number 10 and leading all the way to the most popular post of the last 6 months, this post will reflect back on the posts readers engaged with the most.

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  1. Day 8339: Continuing to Face the Challenges of Living Life in Recovery

In the post Day 8339, I presented a transparent glimpse at the challenges recovering addicts face even after years of sobriety. We make a conscious choice to live clean and sober today, free from the chains of hurts, habits, and hang-ups. The story of our lives could have been interrupted, but by the grace of God we have been delivered and live a life redeemed.

  1. Psalm 90: In God We CAN Trust

Part of our Psalm Saturdays series, Psalm 90 struck a chord with readers. Believed to be one of the oldest recorded psalms and ascribed to Moses, Psalm 90 examines how the Lord is a trustworthy God.

  1. Blogging Isn’t All PJs and Coffee

Just like anything worthwhile, blogging takes time and commitment. While it may seem easy, even glamorous, blogging is hard work that demands intentionality and creativity. Blogs don’t grow without the blogger’s willingness to devote time, talents, and resources to them.

  1. The Seven Wonders of God

In my post “The Seven Wonders of God,” I recall a sermon given by the late Reverend Billy Graham about the wonders of God.

  1. Writing After 50: You Can Do It!

Writing is hard. Writing after 50 is even harder. The window of success appears closed, but it doesn’t have to be. There is really no reason, other than preconceived notions, that should prevent you from finding success as a writer after the age of 50. You will need to put in time and effort to develop your craft and have the discipline to commit and invest to your writing passion.

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  1. Remembering My Dad Ten Years Later

This past March marked the 10th anniversary of my Dad’s death from the complications brought on by a massive stroke. I reflect on what was, what is, and what is yet to come.

  1. Happy Easter! He Has Risen!

My Easter post seeks to celebrate the goodness and glory of God and the gift of eternal life He gave us through sacrificing and resurrecting His son.

  1. Why Good Friday Matters

This post looks at what makes Good Friday a significant holiday that Christians all around the world observer annually.

  1. My Mom is my Hero

In this post, our 2nd most popular post of the year so far, I celebrate my Mom and all the great things she has done and continues to do in her life.

  1. More of Him. Less of me.

Perennially the most popular, most read post on my blog, “More of Him. Less of me,” takes a long hard look at our relationship with God and to God. Are we humble enough to let God be God?

2018 has proven to be a year of tremendous growth at The Devotional Guy. I encourage you to continue sharing this blog with your family and friends. I am genuinely grateful for the wonderful things the Lord has done and continues to do through this blog.

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