Resolve To Live A Godly Life

It’s the beginning of another year and, as usual, there are people who are triggered to make New Year’s resolutions.

If you ask me, I’d rather create good habits one at a time, and put off old bad habits to start the year. 

I’d also rather take you to the book of Psalms chapter 101:2 where the psalmist King David said “I will be careful to lead a blameless life – when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart.”

Usually, people make resolutions for self-betterment or self-improvement. Perhaps one is resolved to lose weight, or to exercise more, or to spend more time with family. 

Or some may be resolved to deal with the difficulties in their marriage, or fight poverty, or improve other people’s lives. 

Make no mistake, all these endeavors are noble and worthy to be done.

However, isn't it better that as children of God and followers of Christ, our top resolution should be to live a godly life – to renew our desire to grow in holiness, righteousness, and obedience to our Almighty Father – before we aspire to achieve anything else?

In Psalm 101:2, King David made an unusual resolution. 
This resolution was not centered on self-development, but was based on his standing before God. 

David was not looking to merely improve his esteem from the eyes of men or his own self-esteem, but he was concerned about the eye of God who would judge his heart, where no man can see.

In the passage, you can notice that King David feels the weight upon his heart, the decision to live in the presence of his family in a godly way. 

David is very concerned about his conduct both publicly, as the reigning king of Israel, and privately, as he lives in the sight of his family. 

God's glory is his desire. And he understands that his actions and his deeds are important as he stands as the king of Israel and as a father and husband of his own house. 

He says, “I will be careful to lead a blameless life – when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart.”

The authenticity of our Christian witness and godly lives begins in the home, as seen by those closest to us - by our spouse and kids, our family, our relatives, and those who work for us or under us.

The achievement of this resolution will not come from human strength or sheer willpower. 

It arises from a heart filled with the Holy Spirit, out of our relationship with Jesus Christ, given to us in our hearts, comes this determination to lead a godly life, for His glory, honor, and praise alone.

Is this your desire, not just for the year, but for every day of your life? To live a godly life, publicly and privately?

May God give us the resolve today and every day to live a godly life, righteous before His sight – starting with our own homes and families. God bless you all!