Monday, July 11, 2011

Forever!

 16A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
 17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.
 18The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
 19They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
 20But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

Forever!
The Psalmist is certainly not bashful about displaying the contrast between the wicked and the righteous, showing the great advantage of the righteous with his "little" compared to the wealth of the wicked. How can "a little" be better than great wealth? Notice that everything changes when we view our wealth in the perspective of time.

How long is forever? It really does not matter how little or great one's wealth is when viewed with the perspective of forever. What are these few earthly years in comparison? In the end, that is really what is at the heart of Christianity, is it not? 

The world offers so much, and how quickly we rise to the challenge of attaining as much as we are able to attain in the few short years we live. Then what? It will all perish like the breath of the wind; one moment it is all here, and the next moment it is gone. When we stand before Christ at the end of time, everything we have managed to accumulate in this life will be meaningless.

From the view of eternity, everything changes, does it not? That is exactly the point that David was making in Psalm 37.

But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
But, what of the righteous?

18The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
 19They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

This is the the amazing God we serve! Just think, as Christians, forever has already begun for us!

God Bless You,
Linda

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