Sometimes, people wonder what constitute holy living. “If I say I am holy, what does this mean?” they ask. To some, holiness is a kind of abstract experience which is kind of difficult to grasp or explain. They think it only exists in the heart and in dogma but cannot be translated into everyday living. There are those who completely rule out the possibility of holy living in this present world.
Our passage, however, gives us a practical definition and demonstration of holiness. It shows that it is a possibility in the life of every Christian. King David, in our text, made a clear decision backed up by a strong determination to be holy.
His holiness affected his associations and relationships. He will have nothing to do in the way of intimate relationship or close association with the ungodly who is wicked, deceitful, slanderous, proud and boastful. He will only keep company and do business with the faithful who walk in a perfect way. In this, he shows that holiness is living right. We can never be holy except we decide to be.
Though the Lord has graciously provided for us means by which we can be holy, this cannot come to us unless we are willing and decisive about it. Holy living is the practical responsibility of every believer. We must make a daily determination to be holy both in the secret of our homes and in public glare.
Like David, we must be determined not to set any unclean thing before our eyes. We cannot expect to be holy in our minds and thoughts if we continually gaze on unclean things on the TV, Internet, handsets or literature. Holiness will not only affect our attitude, character and conduct, but will also touch our associations.
We cannot successfully maintain holy life on a daily basis if all our very close and intimate associates are ungodly. When we seek close friendship only with the Christ-like, it helps us safeguard our experience.
Thought: Practical holiness of life is a must