"Sometimes we treat graduation a lot like weddings…we put a lot of emphasis on the day but not the lifetime which follows…”
Well it’s that time of year when High School Seniors start thinking about how they’re going to spend their last summer at home while mom and dad stare a little longer at hallway pictures of their little boy or girl…now getting ready to head off to college.
And when it comes to Biblical decision-making, scripture is very clear: the time for building a strong foundation of faith is not when the crisis come and the questions begin firing your way.
Simply put, belief determines behavior.
Therefore, it’s critically important for all men and women, whether a graduating high school senior or senior adult, to carefully examine their foundation of faith. In Psalm 101, David gives us 5 resolutions for doing just this:
Resolution #1: “I will sing…” (vv. 1-4) Attitude in life is key. For King David, he recognized God as the wellspring for all that he had and chose to maintain a posture of worship and humility before God.
Resolution #2: “I will be careful to lead a blameless life” (v.2) King David committed himself to be a person of integrity. There’s an old saying that “everyone has their price.” Is there a price on your integrity? Never cheapen your character through lower standards just to fit in with the crowd.
Resolution #3: “I will walk in my house with a blameless heart.” (v.2b) Bill Hybels once said: “Character is who you are when no one is looking and no one will find out.” What a person is at home is what he will become in public. What disciplines are you developing in your life?
Resolution #4: “I will set before my eyes no vile thing.” (v.3) Be careful what you feed your mind.
Resolution #5: “I will have nothing to do with evil.” (v.4b) No one automatically drifts toward God…we have to walk toward Him intentionally. David resolved to have nothing to do with evil and to pursue God with his whole heart.
Popular opinion says that the college years are an opportunity to sow your wild oats. You only live once, right??? Popular opinion is also a lie from the enemy. Each day, we are shaping our values; we are developing our lifestyle through the choices we make.
King David resolves to build his faith on a firm foundation. At the end of the day, you and I have that same opportunity to resolve and declare our commitment to Him.