In Living Like a King, Richard Rohlin will be examining the kings of Israel and Judah during the Divided Kingdom period. He’ll look at the good, the bad, and the ugly, and from them we’ll learn together what kind of men we ought – or ought not – to be.
We’ve already spent several posts looking at the damaging consequences of masculinity out of control. What I’d like to do in today’s post is focus on the other side – the opposite. If masculinity out of control is all about self-exaltation and self-importance, then as men we need to be focused on developing the opposite traits. The Biblical example is carefully spelled out for us in Psalm 15, where David gives us a list of the characteristics of the Worshipful Man. Specifically, is the kind of man who is able to stand before God in service and worship.
I think it’s important to note that a godly man is not necessarily a man who possesses great self-control. While that is certainly a by-product of maturity (since it is one of the fruits of the spirit), there are many self-controlled, self-possessed men who do not lead godly, god-honoring lives. At the root of every human dysfunction – at the heart of all of our problems as a species – is the sin, the crime, of selfishness and self-worship.
So by definition, the opposite – the model toward which we must work – is that of cultivating a worshipful spirit. It is an attitude that is concerned with pleasing and focusing on Jesus Christ. Psalm 15 spells it out for us:
A Psalm of David. O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; …in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved. – (Psa 15:1-5)