Moreover, from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year to the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes the king, twelve years, neither I nor my brothers ate the food allowance of the governor. The former governors who were before me laid heavy burdens on the people and took from them for their daily ration forty shekels of silver. Even their servants lorded it over the people. But I did not do so, because of the fear of God.
How many of our leaders, whether secular or clerical, practice this discipline of righteous application to all the aspects of their responsibilities? Should not all of us who name the Name of Jesus be driven to live out every aspect of our lives as defined by the Fear of the LORD, God, the Almighty? Is this not the life of righteousness, peace, and joy that is life in the Kingdom of Heaven?
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 120
Evening: Psalm 45
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