We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Hannah Winslow.
“Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
a future awaits those who seek peace.”
This is a Psalm that shows the relationship between our TRUST in God and our PEACE.
David writes in this Psalm that peace and a future are associated with a person who lives a blameless and upright life. If we are looking for peace in our lives, Psalm 37 points us to our relationship with God, and into the intentions of our own hearts as a way to achieve his will in our lives. To make this point, David draws a comparison between the person who lives in rebellion against God, and the one who commits their life to the Lord and trusts in him. While the wicked in this Psalm have only the natural consequences of their schemes to fall back on, the righteous have placed themselves in God’s care and are protected.
Take a look at the context of this verse in Psalm 37:5-9, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: he will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.”
Wow!! This passage can so easily be applied to our lives and the conflict in our hearts as we encounter hard circumstances and relationships both on a personal and a population level. It is clear that God is our standard of living and the only place our hope and trust belongs.
Psalm 37:23-24 – “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
Psalm 37:39-40 – “The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.”
Lord please continue to turn our hearts towards you. Thank you that you are a God who loves and cares for your creation wholeheartedly. Do a work in our hearts that will enable us to fully entrust our lives to you alone, so that we can honor you with the life you give us. We love you Lord, thank you for loving us first. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Meditate on Psalm 37 and ask the Lord to do a work in your heart and mind that will enable you to conform to his word.
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