Friday, January 13, 2012

As For Me!

 1Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
 2But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.
 3For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 

As For Me!

As Christians, we are so like the psalmist. We readily admit that God is good to His children, but it is often difficult to understand how He is good to us. In fact, we find ourselves doing exactly what the psalmist did; we find ourselves envying the wicked.
But as for me, . . . I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Though we know better, we find ourselves looking on the outward appearance. Of course, that is not unique to Christians; it is in our nature to judge others by what we see, and to assume that prosperity, alone, is enough to bring us happiness.

Often burdened by the struggles of life, we can understand the woes of the psalmist. Our feet slip and slide over the continuous deluge of troubles that seems to come our way, and yet, when we look at unbelievers, they seem to be gliding along with no apparent discomfort. Surely, with such comforts of life, they must be the happiest people alive!

We will discover, later in this psalm, that when the writer takes his eyes off his own troubles and the apparent ease of the wicked, he wisely remembers that true happiness is a gift of God, and does not come from one's possessions. A clean heart is priceless; it is worth more than all of the gold or silver of this world.

Yes, truly God is good to Israel, and to all of His children. Though our lives may seem to be filled with difficulties, the source of all joy and happiness is the Lord Jesus Christ. Like the psalmist, let us focus on Christ who has removed all of the burdens of this life and replaced them with His righteousness. 

Rather than envying the wicked, let us say, "As for me, my steps are ordered by the Lord, so that even though the way may be treacherous, He will keep my feet firmly rooted in the truth of His Word."

That, dear friends, is the true secret of joy, happiness, and peace, that will last through all eternity!

God Bless You,

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