Many celebrities do not want to be “recognized” as “role models.” They do want attention and accolades, recognition and rewards, popularity and prestige. But they do not want the “pressure” to have to live lives that reflect integrity and honesty, purity and decency. They do not want, as many of them have said, “to be a role model.” And continue, “I want to live my life as I choose.”
Many of us, however, do want “role models.” We do want someone to look up to, to follow, to be our hero, our example. Often we think, “If I can see it, I can do it. If there is someone who has done it, I know others can do it and so can I!”
David, in many ways, can be “a hero” for most of us. However, he did not want that responsibility. Not because of the pressure that it would put on him. He knew and wanted everyone else to know that his hero was his Lord and he wanted others to “hero-up” to Him.
“Blessed,” he said, is the person who “trusts in the Lord,” and does not “look to the proud or turn aside to false gods.” Whenever we look at David, we see a man who knew victory as well as defeat, who sinned and had to plead with God for His forgiveness. He recognized his failures and would never set himself up as a model. And he recognized that there was only One person he could look up to as a model: his Lord and Savior.
When we put our faith in Him we know that He is not a “false god.” We can follow Him confidently!
Prayer: We look to You, Lord, as the “author and finisher” of our salvation and our guide in life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 40:4 Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.