Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Future is Peace


37
Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright;
For the future of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together;
The future of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
He is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the LORD shall help them and deliver them;
He shall deliver them from the wicked,
And save them,
Because they trust in Him.
(Psalm 37:37-40, New King James Version)

Future is Peace

We are back in Psalm 37 for today's devotional, but this time at the end of the Psalm. There are two things to note from verses 37 and 38.

*The future of the upright and blameless man is peace.
*The future of the wicked shall be cut off.

However, we cannot properly apply these two verses without considering the rest of the Psalm. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (NKJV)
How then, can anyone be upright and blameless? Does that mean that every person who ever lived or will ever live on this earth, except for the Lord Jesus Christ, is going to be cut off?

I do not think it can be more clear from these two verses that salvation is all of Christ. Does anyone deserve it? No! Can anyone save themselves? No!

But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
He is their strength in the time of trouble.

Yes, Christians are the upright and blameless spoken of here in Psalm 37, and their future is peace. But, there is no room for arrogance or boasting. The righteousness we experience is the righteousness of Christ! When God looks down upon His children, He does not see their sin; He sees the righteousness of Christ!

Does that mean that we can live any way we please? If one's heart has been changed by Christ, they will no longer desire to sin; instead, their sin will be a great grief to them. If one thinks of this as a blanket for their sin, they should seriously consider the nature of their heart!

What an amazing God we have! He could have left us in our sin, but He chose, rather, to save a people for Himself through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. And, their future is peace!

God Bless You,
Linda

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