I love to listen in on “water cooler talk” or “lunch room conversations!” Most of you know what I’m talking about… (And I’m NOT talking about the negative, destructive, gossipy, subversive kind… I’m aware of those. I’m talking about the constructive chatter of people sharing life ideas and advice around a water cooler or in the lunchroom at work.) Conversations that begin something like this… “I tell you, it pays…” (and then several people chime in and share their volunteered bit of investment advice or a suggestion about a life issue that they believe pays rich dividends).
Well today during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I think I overheard some constructive “water cooler wisdom” or “lunch room advice” in the Bible from an unknown, godly “Psalmist” (the Psalm I read was not attributed to anyone in particular). Here’s what the guy said…
“Blessed is the person who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! His offspring will be mighty in the land! The generation of the upright will be blessed! Wealth and riches are in his (or her) house, and his (or her) righteousness endures forever. Light dawns in the darkness for the upright! They are gracious, merciful, and righteous. It goes well for the person who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved! They will be remembered forever! They are not afraid of bad news! Their heart is firm, trusting in the LORD! Their heart is steady… they will looks in triumph on their adversaries. They have distributed freely; they give to the poor; their righteousness endures forever; and they are exalted in honor!” (adapted from Psalm 112)
Don’t you wish all “water cooler talk” – all “lunch room conversation” – was that uplifting and constructive?! I do! And this morning I was really encouraged by that wonderful bit of “I pays to…” advice. And I tell you, with God’s help I intend to “listen up” and heed it!