“Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.”
David starts this Psalm by encouraging his readers (and himself most of all) not to spend a lot of time worrying about wicked people who prosper. Do you ever struggle with that?
He does give some vivid descriptions of them: plotting, gnashing their teeth, even drawing their swords against the upright. We may not deal with swords in our path, but have you been dealt with unfairly? Have you witnessed someone get away with injustice? It can leave us angry and discouraged.
David wants us to stay firmly on the narrow path toward Christ-likeness. And, in verses 3-5, He offers us a glimpse of how to live among those who seem to be flourishing in the midst of their destructive choices.
David lays out a series of commands for us to follow, and then some promises to cling to:
“Trust in the Lord and do good” then “dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” (v.3)
“Take delight in the Lord” then “he will give you the desires of your heart.” (v.4)
“Commit your way to the Lord…” then “he will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn.” (v. 5,6
David proclaims that those who do evil will soon pass away – but those who remain righteous will have protection and provision for this life, and an eternal inheritance later on. This truth should not only sustain us, but inspire us to pray for those who have been going down the wrong path. Perhaps we can go from anger to compassion, and start looking for ways to show them God’s perspective before it’s too late.
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