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This Must Be Your Wise & Holy Resolve
 
"You need to behave yourselves wisely whatever your vocation in the world may be." - Biblical Illustrator - New Testament
"...those that behave wisely succeed well." - John Gill's Exposition Of The Entire Bible
 
"Men think the way to be feared is to hector and threaten, which makes them feared by fools only, but despised by the wise and good; whereas the way to be both feared and loved, feared by those to whom  we would wish to be a terror and loved by those to whom we would wish to be a delight, is to behave ourselves wisely."
 
"We must all resolve to walk by the rules of Christian prudence in the ways of Christian piety. We must never turn aside out of the perfect way, under pretence of behaving ourselves wisely; but, while we keep the good way, we must be wise as serpents."
 
"However blind favor may seem to favour fools, God will own and bless those that behave themselves wisely."
 
- all of the above three quotes are from Matthew Henry
 
In Psalm 101:2, David said - "I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt Thou come unto me?..."
                                                                                                                                                    
Here he expressed an excellent resolve to act wisely in accordance with God's Word - which  prescribes a perfect way of life. He resolved to manage all his affairs with wisdom and integrity...to act uprightly...and to aim to be perfect. He knew the simple truth that says - to be holy is to be wise. To live in this manner would entail walking circumspectly...making the law of liberty - the Word of God - his rule of faith...taking Christ for his pattern and example...taking the Spirit for His guide...walking in a manner that becomes the Gospel...seeking the glory of God and the good of others...behaving inoffensively to all...attending close to his duty...and walking in all of the commandments blameless.
 
Is it possible for a man to accomplish such an end?
 
David answers that question with another question - "O when wilt Thou come unto me?" He knew that there was "no way" that he could possibly live up to this holy resolve without the Abiding Presence, Power, and Blessing of God. So he cried unto Him to come and be his helpful, dynamic Power.
 
It is important to note that there are definite reactions that occur when one "behaves wisely in a perfect way." We see this outlined for us in 1 Samuel 18 as we read about how David "behaved himself wisely" in the midst of his enemies -
 
1 Samuel 18:5 says - "And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants."
1 Samuel 18:14-15 says - "And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him. Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him."
1 Samuel 18:30 says - "Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by."  
 
After studying the above Scriptures, we came up with six reactions - based on David's experience - that are possible when we begin to "behave wisely in a perfect way." Look them over and see if you can come up with any more.
 
1. His Prudent Conduct Gained Increasing Influence With The People 
 
"And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants."- Because he behaved wisely in his public position, he won favor with the people.
 
2. He Prospered And Was Successful In Whatever He Engaged
 
"And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely..." - He was made Field Marshal. In the management of his military expeditions, he used great prudence and direction. He failed not of success.
 
3. The Hand Of The Lord Was Visibly Displayed In His Successes
 
"And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him." - In whatever service he was employed - both in the court or in the camp - he carried out his military enterprises so wisely and prosperously. The blessing of the Lord rested upon all that he did - giving him success in all his undertakings.
 
4. He Exceeded Others In His Skills
 
"Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul..." - He showed himself to be more expert in the art of war than all the servants of Saul. He formed his designs with greater wisdom, prudence, courage, and valor. He was more successful and skillful in his attacks on the Philistines than they were.
 
5. His Name Was Held In Great Honor
 
"Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by." - Resultantly, his name was held in great honor and high esteem among the people. 
 
6. His Success Increased His Enemies' Fears
 
"Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him." - David's fame raised all of the worst feelings in Saul's mind. His success only increased Saul's fears.
 
How does this knowledge relate to you?
 
When you "behave yourself very wisely," you can expect an increasing influence or favor among your co-workers...prosperity and success in the management of your affairs...the blessing of the Lord upon your life to be evident to all...a state of excellence above your peers...and honor and esteem among the people.
 
In spite of all these wonderful benefits, we cannot leave out that you will also encounter jealousy, displeasure, and offense from some. They will hate your favor and high position. They will be offended that someone like you is successful - even more so than them.
 
David would never have tasted of such success and prosperity if he did not resolve in his heart to "behave wisely in a perfect way" - "I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way..."
 
And it definitely would never have happened if God didn't "come" and fulfill His promise to His servant - "...O when wilt Thou come unto me?..."
 
It is imperative that you "behave yourself wisely in a perfect way" if you want to enjoy success and prosperity in your undertakings or vocation. But you must realize that you cannot do it without the Lord's Divine Strength and Presence.
 
We leave you with our opening quotes - "You need to behave yourselves wisely whatever your vocation in the world may be." "...those that behave wisely succeed well."
                                                                                                                           
Don't you think that it's about time that you cry out to God as David did -
"...O when wilt Thou come unto me?..."
 
May God Bless His Word.
Connie
 

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