Friday, November 16, 2007

The Righteous Shall Inherit the Land
Psalm 37

This devotional from Psalm 37 was originally published on July 30, 2006.

I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; and his descendants are blessed. Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell forevermore. For the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever.
Psalm 37:25-29

This is one of those Psalms that is so powerful I'm almost afraid to say anything so that I don't detract from it. Read this entire Psalm as you will do yourself an injustice if you don't read it.

I've chosen verses 25 to 29 as they seem to epitomize the entire Psalm. The theme in this Psalm is again, the faithfulness and justice of God toward the righteous as well as the wicked. I have clung to verse 25 for many years, I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.

Remember, God is the One who is providing for you; not your place of work or business or even the government. Our response must be, Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell forevermore. The Lord knows our innermost beings; we can fool those around us, but not the Lord. Live to please Him only and don't worry or think about pleasing those around you.

A part of God's justice is in the judgment of the wicked. Who are the wicked? Those who refuse to bow down to a Holy and Righteous God and make Him their King forever. Psalm 37:9a and10 says, For evil doers shall be cut off . . . For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more.

We are so focused on the world around us; but do not make that a world without God and His righteousness. Even as Christians, the Bible says, We see through a glass darkly. What does that say about the wicked? They are blind.

Pray today that God would grant you the faith to believe in Him and that you, too, will be among the righteous who will live forever more.

God Bless You,
Linda

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