Day 188

Standard

Psalms: 1, 2, 10, 33, 77 and 91

John W. Summerville, elder – (presently not serving on the board)

The Psalms really speak to the contrast of the wicked and righteous.
After reading this selection, I, for one want to be counted among the righteous. Even 3000 years ago it seemed the wicked (i.e. disobedient and living without God) seemed to have a good thing going. They were prosperous and confident in their happiness. They had a sense of domination and were not at all concerned about trampling on the weak (Ps. 10). They turned their noses up at any Godly counsel (Ps. 2). The Psalmist says, “Why does the prideful revile God?” And yet it just doesn’t seem to make sense to live without God. It really doesn’t.

So if the “wicked” are those that by choice turn their backs on God, defy Him, and in no way allow themselves to the directed by His will, then, who are the righteous? We could wax theological here. In Psalm 53 it says, “There is no one righteous, no one that does good, no not even one.” What is pivotal to us is that although “we like sheep have gone astray and each of us has turned to his own way, the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him (Christ). (Isaiah 53:6). Through our faith in Him we are made righteous. Whoa! Now that’s a good thing! “Sing joyfully to the Lord you righteous” (Ps: 33). As you read through this selection of Psalms, it is not difficult to recognize that there is a plethora of benefits to those who seek God.

Our God is a refuge, a shelter, our hope, our confidence and encourager, rock, fortress, restorer of life, our honor and comforter, source of wisdom, defender, and redeemer. And that is the short list.

Sometimes, children are a living illustration of our relationship with God. I watched my 4-year-old grandson, Finlay, at his first soccer clinic. All the little 4-year-olds were lined up, and as the coach was giving instructions, Fin tripped over his ball and fell flat on his face in front of everybody. He was embarrassed and started to cry and instinctively ran to his Daddy. Who do you run to when you fall? The Psalms tell us God loves the righteous and has an open arms policy to comfort, protect, and admonish.

So, as our encouragement for the day, let us consider the preface to the entire book of Psalms, Psalm 1.

“The Lord watches over the ways of the righteous but the ways of the wicked shall perish.”

Amen and amen.

Advertisements

3 responses »

  1. Psalm 2 seems frighteningly appropriate to America today. It seems like we’re “tearing (God’s) fetters apart and casting away (His) cords from us” by rejecting His laws and patterns. According to Psalm 2, God’s first response is scornful laughter, but His second response is anger. By God’s astounding grace, believers won’t be the focus of that anger, but I grieve for the people who will be.

  2. Ps 10:4 in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
    Father, may I always consider You in my thoughts. Just as Finlay knew instinctively to run to his daddy when he was hurt (physically and emotionally), may that thought become instinctive to me. How much time I have wasted looking for worldly solutions to my distress when the real, lasting solution was only a prayer away. Lord, help me clear out the clutter and make room for You in everything I say and do and think. Amen

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s