Psalms of Honesty and Truth
Suffering on our journey here is not the trip we signed up for but it is a part of this world in which we live. We don’t like being physically sick, emotionally overwrought, or stand by while a loved one goes through pain and suffering. We don’t even like being inconvenienced by those who don’t plan well in their own lives and affects us in the process of getting a task done! Believers sometimes don’t realize that we live right alongside the wicked in this world. Our trust must remain in the Only One who can deliver and save us. Look up! Stay healthy and whole. Chew on His Word to us as we complete Psalm 37.
Like any mature believer who had been through his own share of suffering, David took the long view of the situation and evaluated the immediate and the transient in terms of the ultimate and the eternal. He encouraged Solomon and the people to believe God’s promises and wait on Him. In the psalm, he gave four encouraging assurances to believers who question how God is running His world.
1. The Lord Can Be Trusted (vv. 1-11).
2. The Lord Understands Your Situation (vv. 12-20).
3. The Lord Blesses His People (vv. 21-31).
4. The Lord Judges the Wicked (vv. 32-40).
Psalm 37, The Message (Part 3)
30-31 Righteous chews on wisdom like a dog on a bone,
rolls virtue around on his tongue.
His heart pumps God’s Word like blood through his veins;
his feet are as sure as a cat’s.
32-33 Wicked sets a watch for Righteous,
he’s out for the kill.
God, alert, is also on watch—
Wicked won’t hurt a hair of his head.
34 Wait passionately for God,
don’t leave the path.
He’ll give you your place in the sun
while you watch the wicked lose it.
35-36 I saw Wicked bloated like a toad,
croaking pretentious nonsense.
The next time I looked there was nothing—
a punctured bladder, vapid and limp.
37-38 Keep your eye on the healthy soul,
scrutinize the straight life;
There’s a future
in strenuous wholeness.
But the willful will soon be discarded;
insolent souls are on a dead-end street.
39-40 The spacious, free life is from God,
it’s also protected and safe.
God-strengthened, we’re delivered from evil—
when we run to him, he saves us.
Now, don’t you feel better? God is always at work. Our work is to prayer, trust, obey and rest in His promises. He WILL deliver us from all evil in His time, in His way, for our best. He WILL save us. Why? Because we are a redeemed people. Now, let’s live like it!
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the Psalmist’s calm assurances of Your love and care for us in good times and in suffering. You hear our cries for help and you answer. You are indeed the peace in the eye of the storms of this life. Thank you.
In Jesus Name, Amen
And I’m singing…In the Eye of the Storm…
In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
And in the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm
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